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Qube's Methane Monitoring Alberta Regulator Approval (Ind. Report)
Qube Technologies, Enhance Energy
Date: 2021-05-03
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Qube Technologies Inc. reports the Alberta Energy Regulator has approved Qube's alternative leak detection and repair pilot program to detect and repair climate-warming methane leaks from the Oil and Gas industry.

Qube uses low-cost, high-sensitivity sensors to continuously and autonomously measure a host of gases in real-time to detect emissions faster than traditional industry approaches. Qube analyzes field data with the help of artificial intelligence and, by combining gas measurements, atmospheric data, and other operational inputs, can locate and quantify different leaks by emission source and severity, according to the release.

In collaboration with Enhance Energy and Highwood Emissions Management, Qube has become the first continuous monitoring technology to successfully demonstrate emission reductions effectiveness in the eyes of a regulator. Enhance is an Alberta-based energy company that specializes in using carbon sequestration to improve the recovery of energy resources in a sustainable fashion. To date, Enhance has sequestered over 1 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: Qube Technologies Inc., Website, PR, 3 May, 2021) Contact: Qube Technologies, Alex MacGregor, CEO, Alex.MacGregor@qubeiot.com, www.qubeiot.com; Highwood Emissions Management, Thomas Fox, Pres., Thomas@highwoodemissions.com, www.highwoodemissions.com; Enhance Energy, www.enhancenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  Methane Emissions news,  Methane Leak news,  


Obama's Methane Emissions Regulations Reinstated (Reg. & Leg.)
Obama Methane
Date: 2021-04-30
On Wed., the US Senate voted 52-42 to reinstate the Obama administration's 2019 federal limits on methane emission leaks from new and modified wells in 2016. Since 2016, Colorado and California have enacted more stringent methane emissions regulations.

The Clean Air Task Force, the Environmental Defense Fund and other environmental organizations have called on the Biden administration to pledge a 40 pct or more reduction in U.S. methane emissions by the end of the decade as part of its recommitment to the Paris Climate agreement.

On Oct. 1, 2019 we reported: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) has announced its decision to ease Obama-era , 2016, regulations on methane leaks which the Trump administration describes as "burdensome on the private sector" restrictions on oil and gas industry."

Under the Waste Prevention Rule, oil and gas producing companies were required to inspect their wells twice yearly and repair reported leaks within 30 days. The rollback of the regulation means companies are no longer obliged to check their wells and equipment more often than annually and have 60 days instead of 30 to complete repairs.

Though not as long-lived as CO2, methane prevents as much as 80 pct more heat from escaping in the first 20 years of its release. Methane leaks are the largest drawback of the otherwise environmentally friendly switch from coal to natural gas as a source of energy. Natural gas releases half as much carbon dioxide when burnt.

The rationale behind Trump's rollback on methane leaks restrictions was largely economic. It is estimated that drillers would save $734 million to $1 billion over the next 10 years. (Source: Various Media, ICN, 29 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama ,  Methane Emissions,  


Oregon Aims to Cut Landfill Methane Emissions (Reg. & Leg.)
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Date: 2021-01-13
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed rule changes to landfills under Gov. Kate Brown's Exec. Order 20-04, addressing the effects of climate change and landfills.

The proposed rule, which would affect methane gas emissions from landfills and require that landfills work on reducing methane emissions, would align the state's methane gas emission more with the most stringent requirements of neighboring states, including California which are the most stringent amongst neighboring states.

Mid-size landfills of 450,000 to 2.5 million tons of waste would be required to model their potential methane gas emissions, if the modeling exceeds a threshold of emissions then they would be required to install a landfill gas collection and control system.

According to the DEQ, methane gas emissions is one of the highest greenhouse gas emitters in the state. In 2017, six of the 25 largest stationary sources of methane gas emissions in Oregon were landfills. (Source: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Oregon DEQ, Heather Kuoppamaki, kuoppamaki.heather@deq.state.or.us, www.deq.state.or.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality,  Methane Leak,  


NY Acts on Orphaned Oil Well Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,New York Department of Environmental Conservation
Date: 2021-01-04
In Albany, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a partnered state effort leveraging new drone technology and magnetic surveillance to spot methane emitting abandoned oil and gas wells and related infrastructure statewide.

To date, the DEC effort has located over 2,000 "orphan" wells that can continue to release methane -- which accounts for nearly 10 pct of the state's annual greenhouse gas emissions.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has pledged support for existing DEC efforts and committed to invest up to $400,000 in custom drone and imaging equipment for well assessments. The DEC reports short-lived methane is second only to long-lasting carbon dioxide in its overall contribution to global climate change.

The DEC has the regulatory authority to take possession of abandoned wells and initiate plugging and re-plugging under Article 23 of state Environmental Conservation Law. Additionally, the state's Climate Act mandates a 40 pct reduction of 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2030, and an 85 pct reduction by 2050. (Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation, PR, Watertown Daily Times, 2 Jan., 2020) Contact: New York Department of Environmental Conservation, contact@dec.ny.gov , www.dec.ny.gov; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  NYSERDA,  


BP Invests in Satelytics to Address Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
BP,Satelytics
Date: 2020-06-24
BP Ventures, the investment arm of BP, is reporting a $5 million investment in Toledo, Ohio-headquartered geospatial analytics specialist Satelytics to help the oil and gas giant accurately spot and remedy methane leaks which contribute to the greenhouse gas effect and climate change.

BP plans to install Satelytics methane measurement capabilities at all its major oil and gas processing sites by 2023. This will be to measure the base level of methane in its current operations so that it can work towards cutting methane levels by 50 pct. BP's investment is in line with its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Satelytics is a cloud-based geospatial analytics software suite. Multi or hyper-spectral imagery gathered from satellites, UAV, planes, and fixed cameras alerting our customers in oil and gas, power, pipeline, rail, mining and water to identify operational challenges as early as possible. Pinpointing the specific problem, its location and magnitude, is critical to minimizing cost, impact, and operational disruption, according to the company's website. (Source" BP Innovations, PR, June, 2020) Contact: Satelytics, 419-728-0060, www.satelytics.com; BP Innovations, 702-528-3029, www.bpinnovations.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Satelytics,  ethane,  Methane Emissions,  BP,  


PA. DEP Orders Natural Gas Well Methane Leak Repairs (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,Range Resources
Date: 2020-01-17
In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has laid down the law to Fort Worth-headquartered Range Resources ordering it to "once and for all" fix a faulty and leaking cement casing at the Harman Lewis Marcellus Shale natural gas well in Lycoming County, in north-central Pennsylvania.

The DEP claims the well has been leaking methane for the past 9 years -- since 2011. Range Resources disagrees with order and contends the methane contamination is from natural ground sources. The DEP contends the well's cement casing is defective, despite attempts in 2015 and 2016 to repair it, and has given Range Resources two months to submit a plan to reduce the methane gas migration and, after the department approves the plan, four months to submit a plan to successfully plug the well and a bore hole next to it. Range has 30 days to appeal the order to the Environmental Hearing Board, and probably will.

Editor's note: While carbon dioxide is typically painted as the bad boy of greenhouse gases, methane is reported to be roughly 30 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas. As temperatures rise, the relative increase of methane emissions will outpace that of carbon dioxide from these sources. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, TrbLive, Ap, 13 Jan., 2020)Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov; Range Resources, www.rangeresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ,  Methane,  Range Resources,  


Eversource Utility Aims for 2030 Carbon-Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Eversource
Date: 2019-12-13
New England's largest investor-owned utility, Eversource Energy reports it plans to reduce carbon emission and become carbon-neutral across all departments and operations by 2030.

To that end, Eversource will reduceenergy use by improving the efficiency of its 69 facilities and reducing fleet emissions of its 5,200 vehicles, continue to enhance the electric transmission and distribution system to reduce line losses, reduce sulfur hexafluoride (a potent ghg) in gas-insulated electric switchgear, and replace remaining bare steel and cast-iron natural-gas distribution main lines to improve safety and help prevent methane leaks.

Eversource previously reduced its carbon emissions through a 2018 divestiture of all its remaining fossil-generation facilities. (Source: Eversource: BusinessWest, 11 Dec., 2019) Contact: Eversource, Jim Judge, CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Williams Joins One Future to Cut Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
Willioams,Our Nation’s Energy Future Coalition
Date: 2019-06-14
Tulsa, Okloahoma-headquartered midstream giant Williams reports it has become the 17th member of the Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition (One Future), a Houston-based natural gas industry-led organization dedicated to voluntarily achieving meaningful reductions in methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.

In August 2018, Williams and other members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America pledged to minimize methane emissions from interstate natural gas transmission and storage operations. The companies pledged to achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions to 1 pct or less of total natural gas production by 2025. Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines. (Source: Williams, Kallanish Energy, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Williams, Alan Armstrong, CEO, www.williams.com; Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, 202-216-5900, www.aga.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Eni Plans Major Reforestation Effort to Shift CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Eni
Date: 2019-03-18
The Financial Times is reporting Rome-headquartered Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA will plant 81,000 square kilometers of forests -- twice the size of the Netherlands -- in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Ghana to compensate for its CO2 emissions.

ENI also want to reduce flaring and reduce methane leaks. Flaring is a practice where gases produced during the refining of oil are burned, should be banned by 2025. Methane gas emissions must then be reduced by 80 percent. Oil and gas companies are increasingly feeling the need to take measures to reduce their carbon footprint. At the same time, the companies continue to produce more fossil fuels. They say they do this to meet the growing demand in developing countries. (Source: ENI, Financial Times, Zurich Weekly News Review, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Carbon Footprint,  Reforestation,  


Shell Wants Tighter Methane Leakage Regulations (Reg & Leg)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-03-15
Oil and gas giant, Royal Dutch Shell plc has recently urged Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten restrictions on methane leaks and emissions from oil and gas drilling and fracking operations, instead of loosening them as recently planned.

As previously reported in September 2018, the EPA proposed plans that would weaken a 2016 Obama administration rule by permitting companies to reduce attempts to inspect and repair pipelines and wells that leak methane. The recent proposal is anticipated to allow drillers to conduct inspections annually and allow 60 days to complete necessary repairs.

Oil and gas well methane leaks account for 10 pct of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The gas has over 80 times the heat-trapping potential of CO2 in the first 20 years of its escape into the atmosphere, according to the EPA. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, All Chem Research, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Methane,  Methance Leak,  


NETL, SwRI Tout New Methane, GHG Detector (New Prod & Tech)
National Energy Technology LaboratorySouthwest Research Institute,,
Date: 2019-02-18
The U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is touting the Smart Methane Emission Detection System, a next generation of gas leak detection technology that combines remote sensing and artificial intelligence capabilities in a system.

The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later. The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others. (Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane ,  National Energy Technology Laboratory,  Southwest Research Institute,  ,  


Oil-Gas Majors Launch Fugitive Methane Gas Project (Ind Report)
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Date: 2018-11-16
On the Canadian prairies, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada are reporting the joint launch of the Fugitive Emissions Management Program Effectiveness Assessment (FEMP EA) Program,, a large-scale applied research project focused on methane leak detection, quantification and repair.

FEMP EA is funded by more than 400 oil and gas producers through Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund.

Project objectives and design have been informed by a review of over 100 studies conducted by Stanford University. The project is expected to be completed in 12 months. (Source: JWN, Nov. 14, 2018) Contact: Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund, www.auprf.ptac.org; Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, (403) 218-7700, www.ptac.org; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, www.capp.ca target=_blank>Methane Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  

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