EID: EPA data shows sharp decline in methane emissions in top basins

Dec 09, 2014

While production has skyrocketed, methane emissions have declined

Range’s Corporate Responsibility Report has documented in great detail industry actions to reduce and reuse methane and other hydrocarbons from production that could be emitted during production for environmental, safety and economic reasons

new report by Energy In Depth, examining United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, shows that methane emissions from oil and gas development have significantly declined in many of the top producing basins across the country, as oil and gas production has increased dramatically, including most notably in two of Range’s most active basins. 

“Based on data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, EID’s report shows that methane emissions from some of the most prolific shales in the United States have fallen considerably.

For example, in the basins that include the Utica and Marcellus shales, methane emissions fell by 55 percent and 10 percent, respectively.  The San Juan Basin – an area that anti-fracking activists have claimed has rising emissions – actually reduced methane emissions by six percent.  In the Anadarko Basin – which includes portions of western Oklahoma, one of the top oil and gas producing states –methane emissions decreased by 34 percent.   Substantial reductions have also been achieved in Texas, which is leading the United States in oil and gas production:  In the Permian and Gulf Coast Basins, methane emissions decreased by 9 percent and 18 percent respectively.”

To review the specific actions and best practices that Range takes in the field to minimize and reduction all possible emissions, including methane click here.