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The Best New Job Opportunities in Oil and Gas Might Surprise You

November 4, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Oil and Gas and Employment

People think of the energy sector as a great place to find jobs, but some of the best, most stable job opportunities in the sector aren’t what you’d think. They’re not dedicated to resource production, but to minimizing the millions of tons of natural gas and associated pollution that leaks as the product is produced.[read more]

Natural Gas Methane Problem Overstated

September 8, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Measuring Methane Leak Concerns

Public positions on natural gas are strongly influenced by interpretations of the science on fugitive methane emissions. These vary significantly. This post summarizes the existing literature on natural gas’s climate impact and the available data on methane leakage.[read more]

EPA Methane Rule: A Good Start Toward Meeting Administration's Landmark Goal

August 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Methane Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a big step recently, announcing the nation’s first methane pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. But to understand the impact of these new draft rules, it’s important to look at what they do – and what they don’t.[read more]

Four Things to Look for in EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Proposal

July 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Reduction and Regulation

The EPA will soon propose its “enhanced” Natural Gas STAR program, providing guidelines for oil and gas companies that want to voluntarily reduce methane emissions. Calls for voluntary measures to address pollution have increased recently, as the EPA is set to release its first-ever methane rules this summer.[read more]

New Study Emphasizes Need to Find and Fix Methane Leaks, Reveals Limits of Voluntary Action

July 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methne Leak Risks

A study published recently in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane, about 80 billion cubic feet per year, is escaping from key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system.[read more]

Methane Leaks: The Opportunity Paris Climate Negotiators Can't Afford To Miss

April 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methae Leaks at COP 21

When countries meet in Paris for climate talks later this year, they will come armed with the best data on how to reach a climate agreement. But a new report shows that countries have so far been leaving a huge opportunity on the table: methane emissions from oil and gas operations.[read more]

Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas are on the Rise, Confirm Latest EPA Data

April 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methae Emissions Rise

Methane emissions from the US oil and gas sector increased, according to new data finalized today by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sadly, the figures come as no surprise, based on preliminary numbers and plenty of other observations, both scientific and anecdotal.[read more]

Study Shows Progress On Methane Leaks, But Emissions Problems Remain

April 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Addressing Methane Leaks

The most important takeaway from a recent study is that despite improvements, large amounts of methane continue to leak from local natural gas systems. Because methane is a potent greenhouse gas, these yearly emissions are comparable to the CO2 from as many as 19 coal-fired power plants.[read more]

New Detector Sniffs Out Origins of Methane

March 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Methane Detection

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas is formed, could give scientists a better understanding of its role in warming the planet.[read more]

Studies Provide Insight on Two Overlooked Segments of Oil and Gas Industry

February 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Overlooked Oil and Gas Segments

Two recently released studies in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology provide new insights into methane emissions from significant sources in the oil and natural gas sector and underscore the urgency of taking action to address pollution from these sources.[read more]

4 Reasons a National Methane Policy Will be Good for Business

February 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

National Methane Policy

After months of anticipation, the Obama Administration this month released its new methane emissions strategy – a plan that opens up new opportunities for industry writ large, and especially for operators that want to cut waste and get ahead.[read more]

Strong New Methane Standards Would Stop Waste, Save Money, and Also Protect the Climate

November 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Standards and Savings

If you send a bucket to the well, you make sure it doesn’t have a hole in it first. You’re careful that the new milk carton isn’t seeping all over your refrigerator shelf. And you know that a dripping water pipe can mean big problems if you don’t get after it quickly. Leaks are messy, wasteful, and often costly.[read more]

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

October 25, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Fracking and the Risk of Methane Leaks

Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates methane. Researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”[read more]

Investors Voice Market Support for Methane Regulation

October 16, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Investors and Methane


A group of investors managing more than $300 billion in market assets sent a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Administration and the White House, calling for the federal government to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.[read more]

Emerging Jobs, Suppressing Leaks

October 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Leakage and Energy Service Companies

Finding and fixing natural gas leaks from the oil and gas sector now constitutes an emerging and growing industry, with the potential to create a large number and variety of well-paying jobs, according to a new report released by Datu Research.[read more]