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Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Natural Gas: The EPA and the Forgotten Source – The Oil and Gas Industry!

April 20, 2015

TBD 3 D Final Rendering -(Sq) 12Please join me on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 1:00 EDT, for my live webinar “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Natural Gas: The EPA and the Forgotten Source – The Oil and Gas Industry!

The webinar will look at on reducing methane emissions – fugitive, venting and flaring – from the natural gas system not only to be good environmental stewards but also to reap substantial profits.

In his January 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized two goals: the critical need to limit greenhouse gas pollution, and support for domestic natural gas and oil production, as well as renewable energy sources. His administration is seeking a 40 percent to 45 percent reduction in methane leaks and emissions of other volatile organic compounds from oil and gas wells and supporting infrastructure.

In support of both goals, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announced they intend to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector directly, rather than relying on voluntary programs or regulating associated pollutants. The proposal would be first-ever direct regulation on methane as part of an Obama administration strategy expected to curb methane emissions by as much as 45 percent by 2025.

My intent is to make this Webinar as informative as possible and make you aware that:

  • there is a problem with methane emissions from oil and gas production, gathering and processing, transmission, and distribution;
  • the problem is solvable and beneficial to stakeholders,
  • and that government can work with the industry to achieve mutually beneficial results without excessive rules and regulations,
  • while balancing the seemingly contradictory needs between people, planet and profits.

We will lay this foundation by:

  • Demystifying the natural gas system
  • Understanding the drivers to reduce U.S. Methane emissions
  • Unraveling the current state of the U.S. Greenhouse gas inventory
  • Reviewing the regulatory side of the equation
  • Identifying several barriers inhibiting quantification of fugitive emissions
  • Developing estimates of methane leakage from the natural gas system
  • Highlighting the CH4 fugitive emission reduction opportunities
  • Comparing reduction opportunities against marginal abatement costs
  • Outlining several methane mitigation technologies
  • Explaining the leak detection and repair (LDAR) process and mechanics
  • Conducting case studies and economic analysis of several primary improvement practices and technologies
  • Suggesting some enabling trends that are not advancements in technology and practices,
  • and finishing with a summary and some closing comments.
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