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The Environmental Partnership celebrates anniversary

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The Environmental Partnership recently marked its second anniversary with continued growth, and now represents more than one-third of US industry’s production with 69 participating oil and natural gas companies, according to the American petroleum Institute (API).

The initiative includes 32 of the top 40 natural gas producers and has nearly tripled its participation in its first two years as companies from coast to coast continue to innovate and add best practices to improve their environmental performance and further reduce emissions in every US basin.

“The rapid growth of The Environmental Partnership in its first two years demonstrates the commitment of the US natural gas and oil industry to delivering solutions that lower emissions while meeting society’s growing energy needs,” said Matthew Todd, Program Director of The Environmental Partnership. “The collective actions of the industry in The Environmental Partnership have already proven effective in reducing emissions, and we are proud of the achievements of this growing coalition.”

Overall, methane emissions from the natural gas industry have fallen 14% even as production has increased by 50% since 1990. This is effectively a 43% reduction in the rate of emissions, further demonstrating the industry’s continued progress in minimising emissions as we maximise efficiency in getting energy to the consumer. The participants in The Environmental Partnership, and the actions they are taking, continue to build upon this positive trend by focusing on environmental progress, operational efficiency and sustainability.

Recent accomplishments of The Environmental Partnership and its participants include:

  • Applying leak detection and repair programmes: participants conducted more than 156 000 surveys across nearly 80 000 production sites. The surveys inspected more than 56 million components and found that only 0.16% of components were in need of repair – ten times lower than the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) estimated 1.4%, and 99% of these were repaired within 60 days.
  • Upgrading and replacing emissions-related equipment: More than 31 000 high-bleed pneumatic controllers were replaced, retrofitted or removed from service by participants.
  • Growing leadership: membership has tripled in the partnership’s first two years, now including nearly 70 oil and natural gas companies.
  • Sharing innovation: the group has held annual conferences to discuss cutting-edge research and technology developments by academia, tech developers, equipment manufacturers and regulators. Natural gas and oil operators have also attended frequent regional workshops across the country where industry experts shared lessons learned and best practices focused on reducing emissions.
  • Advancing new technologies: funding was provided for emission detection testing and research at Colorado State University’s METEC facility.

In December 2017, a group of 26 natural gas and oil production companies formed The Environmental Partnership. These companies committed to continuously improving their environmental performance through the implementation of programmes that target emissions through collaboration, proven methods and advanced technology. For more information, read the Environmental Partnership’s 2019 annual report online.

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