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Continuing to Reduce Methane Emissions Here on Earth

emission reductions  natural gas  methane  the-environmental-partnership  technology 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 12, 2018

The Environmental Defense Fund’s plan to send up a satellite in two or three years to monitor methane emissions on  earth from space generated headlines (some of the coverage here and here) and at some point can add to the knowledge base useful in advancing emissions goals. While EDF prepares for orbit, on terra firma our industry continues to use state-of-the-science technologies to reduce methane emissions from natural gas systems. With success: Emissions decreased 16.3 percent between 1990 and 2015, even as production increased nearly 52 percent.

This is a terrific, ongoing story that sometimes can get lost in the daily back and forth over who’s doing what on climate: Industry reducing emissions while also producing a natural gas abundance that benefits consumers, manufacturers and the environment, taking a lead role in reducing carbon dioxide levels to 25-year lows.


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STEM, Industry on Display at D.C. Conferences

stem  education  workforce  women  technology 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted April 4, 2018

Against the backdrop of the natural gas and oil industry’s focus on developing its workforce of the future, we’re excited to be a part of twin events emphasizing STEM this week and weekend in Washington, D.C. – the US News/STEM Solutions Workforce of Tomorrow conference and the USA Science & Engineering Festival – both at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Look for us at the Power Past Impossible and Energy Citizens booths in convention center’s expo hall.


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Innovation and Technology for Pipeline System Safety

technology  innovation  infrastructure  pipelines  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 20, 2018

Through advanced technologies, innovative thinking and practices, the natural gas and oil industry is good at what it does, which is to safely supply the leading energy sources for the U.S. economy and Americans’ modern way of life.

But here’s the thing: While technology and innovation certainly describe today’s natural gas and oil industry, they must be accompanied by things like accountability, attention to detail and old-fashioned hard work by the women and men who work in it. 

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Environmental Progress, Technology and Passion

power-past-impossible  air quality  refineries  technology  state of american energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 15, 2018

Protecting the environment and the communities where we operate is a core industry value. We talk about the commitment and we demonstrate it – in technologies that enhance environmental performance, in tangible results such as reduced carbon emissions and in the efforts of trained professionals like Lola Owolabi, an environmental engineer with Phillips 66’s Los Angeles Refinery.

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5 Things Fossil-Free Crowd Should Know About Industry

emission reductions  environmental expenditures  safe operations  technology  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 14, 2018

Climate activists are trying to rally folks around an extreme agenda of halting new fossil-fuel projects, denying natural gas and oil industry’s financial support by pressuring lenders and investors and pushing for a fast transition to renewable energy. (With New England and other parts of the U.S. shivering under winter conditions, agitating to deprive the U.S. of its two leading energy sources seems pretty tone deaf.) Well, let’s just say their caricature of our industry is all wrong.

Today’s natural gas and oil is new, technologically advanced, forward-looking and committed to strengthening the communities where we operate. Our companies are environmentally active as never before – while producing the energy the United States needs today and will need tomorrow to build a better future. This isn’t your daddy’s oil.

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Key to Infrastructure Plan is Streamlined Reviews

infrastructure  pipelines  technology  permitting  environmental review 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 13, 2018

Perhaps the most important aspect of the administration’s infrastructure plan is taking steps to ensure that infrastructure happens – by streamlining federal reviews and permitting processes. It simply takes too long for energy projects to get approvals and permits, creating uncertainty that can hinder private investment in infrastructure that benefits consumers, manufacturers and the entire economy.

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Technology Drives Safety and Environmental Progress

Safety  social-license-to-operate  Environment  workplace safety  technology innovation 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted February 8, 2018

Energy is fundamental to advancing our society. It’s essential to building a better future. And technology is the vehicle for modern energy production. We believe in technology and innovation. They define the 21st century natural gas and oil industry and our work to harness the energy our country uses to power past seemingly impossible challenges – in ways that are safe for our employees, our communities and the environment. 

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Industry Innovation Drives U.S. Energy Renaissance

innovation  technology  oil and natural gas  state of american energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 7, 2018

The broad, impactful outlines of the U.S. energy renaissance in a couple of recent data points: In November, U.S. crude oil production reached 10.038 million barrels per day – a level not seen in 50 years – largely with advanced hydraulic fracturing unlocking oil from tight-rock formations; the United States is projected to be a net exporter of energy by 2022 in most scenarios studied by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Strong domestic production will play a major role, EIA says.

We’ve arrived at this point – with significant positive implications for American security and economic growth – for a couple of reasons: vast natural gas and oil reserves and an innovative, technologically advanced industry that has been able to safely and responsibly develop those energy reserves to the benefit of American consumers, businesses and manufacturers.

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Shifting Into Drive, Powering Past Impossible

power-past-impossible  technology  innovation 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted February 2, 2018

We’ve written before about how natural gas and oil, and the products derived from them, help make today’s automobiles more modern, efficient and safe, from the vehicles racing on the NASCAR circuit and Indy to the family car. This week at the Washington Auto Show we got an up-close look at a broad range of cars, including a fair number of futuristic concept cars and technologies. The show runs through this Sunday at the D.C. Convention Center.

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Safety in Energy Delivery

social-license-to-operate  pipelines  pipeline safety  safety standards  technology 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted February 2, 2018

Pipelines safely connect Americans to the energy we use every day. How safe? More than 99.99 percent of the natural gas, oil and petroleum products shipped via pipelines reach their destinations safely. And while that safety record is virtually flawless, America’s pipeline operators are focused every day on getting closer to perfection – helped by ever-improving technologies, industry standards, data and proactive, 24/7 monitoring.

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