Methane Reductions & The Fracking Boom

BY THE NUMBERS

American oil and gas production is surging,

and methane emissions are declining

1990 - 2016
PETROLEUM SYSTEMS EMISSIONS
PRODUCTION
NATURAL GAS SYSTEMS EMISSIONS
SOURCE: U.S EPA GHG INVENTORY (2018), U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION
Progress in the permian
OIL PRODUCTION (2011 - 2016)
SOURCE: U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION
METHANE EMISSIONS (2011 - 2016)
SOURCE: U.S EPA GHG REPORTING PROGRAM
Natural gas transmission & Distribution
U.S. PIPELINE MILEAGE (1990 - 2016)
SOURCE: U.S PHMSA
&
METHANE EMISSIONS (Natural gas transmission, storage, & distribution 1990 - 2016)
SOURCE: U.S. EPA GHG INVENTORY (2018)
Venting & Flaring
U.S. OIL PRODUCTION (2012 - 2016)
SOURCE: U.S ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION
&
METHANE EMISSIONS (Venting & Flaring 2012 - 2016)
SOURCE: U.S. EPA GHG INVENTORY (2018)
Natural gas is a climate winner

Natural gas retains its climate advantage as long as methane leaks remain below 3.2%

SOURCE: U.S EPA GHG INVENTORY (2017)

Natural gas emits

50% LESS CO2

than coal when used

for power generation

SOURCE: NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY (2010)