“Full industry participation is required to maximize the benefits to society,” he said, urging that the current rules be kept.
Gretchen Watkins, president of U.S. Shell, made similar arguments, noting methane emissions pose more of a hazard to the environment than carbon dioxide.
In a post, Watkins wrote that strong, targeted regulations can improve environmental performance across the industry while spurring innovation and are an essential step on a path to a more sustainable future.
“Methane emissions hurt our business, because it hurts the reputation of natural gas,” she wrote.
Don Santa, the president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, said its members, which include Oklahoma City-based Enable Midstream Partners and Tulsa-based ONEOK, will continue to follow voluntary emissions standards it created, regardless of federal rule changes that might be made.
Those commitments, Santa stated, prioritize continuously improved practices to minimize methane emissions from interstate natural gas transmission and storage operations.
“Members of INGAA have agreed to these voluntary commitments because reducing methane emissions is socially and environmentally responsible, and good business for natural gas transmission and storage companies.”
David Lawler, the CEO of BPX Energy (the U.S. division of BP), discussed the issue during the University of Oklahoma’s energy symposium in 2018, noting how his company was attacking emissions issues by redesigning production configurations and using drones to inspect oilfield equipment.