Methane Emissions

Over the past few years, methane emissions from oil and natural gas production have seen significant decreases. These reductions have been achieved even as oil and natural gas production has increased 54 percent and 16 percent, respectively, during that time thanks to advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology.


In December 2017, many of New Mexico’s top operators joined forces to form a coalition called The Environmental Partnership. The coalition of companies includes most of the top producers in New Mexico, and many of the top oil and natural gas producers across the United States. The group’s focus is to further innovate and collaborate as an industry to continue the trends we’re seeing in reducing methane emissions.

San Juan Basin

Methane emissions fell by 47% since 2011

Permian Basin

Despite the fact that production in the Permian doubled from 2011 to 2016, methane emissions have fallen by 6.3%