Report on EPA Data Shows 47% Decline in Methane Emissions in the Four Corners Area Since 2011

Nov 02, 2017

nmoga_graph4x4-01.pngSANTA FE, NM – A new analysis of data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in the Four Corners area are on the decline. The energy publication Energy in Depth analyzed data collected from 2011 to 2016 by the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program and shows a decline of methane emissions by 47%, from 8.6 Million Metric Tons CO2e in 2011 to 4.6 Million Metric Tons CO2e in 2016.

“Reducing emissions and responsibly producing oil and natural gas is a top priority for all producers and operators in New Mexico, and this data shows that our commitment to protecting the environment is having measurable success,” said Ryan Flynn, Executive Director of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. “Oil and natural gas producers have been leading the way in developing new and innovative technologies to reduce the footprint of operations and increase gas capture, and these market-based solutions are the key to helping oil and gas producers continue these reductions, rather than piling on new regulations.”

The EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is designed to offer the public and policymakers with the best available facilitiy level data from large emitters exceeding 25,000 Metric Ton CO2e. Across the United States, more than 8,000 facilities report annual emissions. The most recent data set covering emissions for calendar year 2016 was just released last month.

Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) represents the hard-working men, women, and families of the oil and natural gas industry in New Mexico. NMOGA is dedicated to promoting safe and responsible energy policies, while strengthening New Mexico’s economy and ensuring a bright future for our state’s children.

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