This month, Houston once again played host to CERAWeek, the annual global energy conference that continues to grow in size and importance. Among the dozens of panel discussions attended by a record 6,000 participants, one of the most significant did not receive the attention it deserved.
Titled “Methane Emissions: Getting to Zero,” the panel included the CEO of BP’s global upstream business and the president of the Environmental Defense Fund, a leading nonprofit.
Both agreed that methane emissions must be controlled and advocated for direct federal regulation of methane from new and existing sources.
New Mexico has a real and growing problem with methane waste from oil and gas production that Governor Lujan Grisham is right to address. Leaks, venting and flaring from the tens of thousands of wells across New Mexico and in the Farmington area amount to hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost profit and tens of millions more of lost revenue to the state.
Pennsylvania stands at a historic crossroads. When state lawmakers return to session in mid-March, they’ll face several critical environmental policy decisions.
There’s a bill to bail out the nuclear industry, a proposed rule to reduce air pollution from existing oil and gas facilities, and a petition to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade program on carbon emissions, among others.
Common sense prevailed earlier this month when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the strongest climate executive orders in the nation, calling on the state’s agencies to quickly develop comprehensive statewide methane regulations to cut energy waste from the oil and gas industry and improve air quality.