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The New Move to Regulate Methane

shale energy  methane emissions  emission reductions  regulation  epa ghg regulations  oil and natural gas development  american petroleum institute 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 15, 2015

As we look at the Obama administration’s plan to impose new regulations on methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations, some important points.

First, when it comes to methane emissions, the White House is focusing on a relatively small piece of the big picture. Data from EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program shows that methane emissions from natural gas and petroleum systems (161.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) represent just 28.5 percent of total methane emissions (567.3 million metric tons CO2 equivalent). That’s a fairly small wedge in the overall pie.


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Innovation and Methane Emissions

methane emissions  innovation  technology  hydraulic fracturing  epa ghg regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 3, 2014

A competitive marketplace is the sowing field for innovation and investment. Look no further than the advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that launched America’s ongoing shale energy revolution. Shale development features cutting-edge technology to increase output and efficiency and to make operations as safe and clean as possible. An example of this can be found in methane emissions.

While some call for government-directed efforts to reduce emissions, industry already is on this – through its own leadership and investments – and is achieving good results. 

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No Debating the Benefits of Fracking

shale energy  shale jobs  oil and natural gas development  ghg emission reduction  fracking  hydraulic fracturing 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 28, 2014

The scope of shale energy’s benefits and their impact on the United States – jobs, economic stimulus and increased energy security – seems ever-expanding.  Speakers at Bloomberg’s “Energy 2020” event described energy reserves large enough and technologies so advanced that Americans can contemplate a far friendlier future than would have been possible just a few years ago.

GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt:

“A lot is taking place in natural gas. People historically have viewed this as a transition fuel. Now it’s becoming more of a baseload fuel. There’s more supply diversity, it’s viewed incrementally as cleaner and an interim solution to environmental issues. We see that taking place.”

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Keystone XL: Passing the Emissions Test

keystone xl pipeline  ghg emissions  state department  oil sand production 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 6, 2014

The folks at the Energy Collective hosted an interesting webchat discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline the other day, a good part of which focused on greenhouse gas emissions from the project and oil sands development – identified by President Obama as a key basis for his pipeline decision.

The big takeaway here: Even at the high end of estimates in the State Department’s latest Keystone XL environmental review, emissions would be a tiny fraction of global totals – hardly proving that the project would significantly exacerbate climate change.


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American Energy for America's Energy Future

exports  liquefied natural gas  natural gas from shale  oil and natural gas  ghg emissions  lng 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 1, 2013

Jobs, U.S. energy security and regulation are leading the discussion at the North American Gas Forum (NAGF) this week in Washington. The NAGF is a gathering of regional natural gas industry members -- primarily focused on issues that affect the distribution and use of natural gas domestically and globally. Highlights from the two-day meeting:

  • Because of vast shale reserves, the U.S. has a chance to be more secure in the future through safe, reliable supplies of North American energy.

ICF International's Kevin Petak predicted the Marcellus Shale Play will become a "juggernaut," producing more than 20 million cubic feet of natural gas per day by 2035. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's Howard Gruenspecht said U.S. natural gas production is expected to outpace domestic consumption and that the U.S. could become a net exporter by 2040.

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Not Too Fast, EPA

emissions  epa  ghg 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 26, 2011

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