Crosscut Op-ed: Actually, Jay Inslee is right to oppose Kalama’s methanol plant

It is understandable that many people are confused about the methanol plant that Northwest Innovation Works wants to build in Kalama, Cowlitz County. It has a rather controversial history and there are vastly differing opinions about it. Let’s start with the facts.

The plant would be the largest methanol plant in the world. It would consume 320 million cubic feet of methane (the main component of natural gas) per day, more than is used by every gas-fired power plant in Washington combined. It would also use 5 million gallons of water per day, nearly what the entire city of Portland uses. The methanol produced would be shipped to China. Despite the seemingly local company name, NW Innovation Works is funded by the Chinese and is a commercial offshoot of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is run by the government.

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Penn Live Op-ed: Trump is gambling with our future by rolling back protections against methane gas

Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and the Trump administration is gambling with our future by rolling back protections against methane pollution. Methane is responsible for a quarter of the climate crisis impacts we see today and the natural gas industry is the largest industrial source of methane in the United States. Not surprising since methane leaks occur at every phase of natural gas production.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: NM, say ‘time’s up’ on Permian pollution

As a mother of four young children, I am deeply concerned about how climate change and air and water pollution affect our health. This is why our family took an oil-and-gas tour south of Carlsbad with Earthworks, a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting communities and the environment. They use cutting-edge optical gas imaging FLIR cameras to make air pollution visible and regularly file violations. The giant Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico is now the top-producing shale field for oil and natural gas in North America.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: NM can work together, lead on methane reform

New Mexico is facing some big challenges and, across state government, we have ambitious goals to turn these challenges into opportunities. For the New Mexico Environment Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, the executive order signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham committing New Mexico to climate action lays out a road map toward leading on climate change solutions.

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Boulder Daily Camera Op-ed: Celebrate Father’s Day and the governor’s move to a more sustainable future

Hat tip to the dads in our lives and to Colorado’s head Dad, Gov. Jared Polis. Polis led the charge to expand opportunities and protections for Colorado kids and their future. As parents reviewing our state’s recent accomplishments our hearts are full of hope. It’s not just the obvious advancements like full-day kindergarten, which gives all of our kids a leg up, but several new policies helping Colorado’s kids, providing climate safety and security for the next generation.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: Oil, gas industry ready to partner on methane rules

As our state and Gov. (Michelle) Lujan Grisham’s administration begin a process to assess how to manage methane emissions, New Mexico’s oil and natural gas industry is a willing partner.

Each day, thousands of New Mexicans go to work in the oil and natural gas industry. Together these men and women drive New Mexico’s economy, working tirelessly to ensure New Mexico safely produces the energy we need to power our daily lives. Their hard work has provided New Mexico with a billion-dollar budget surplus, and more funds to support our public schools and roadways.

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The Hill Op-ed: The Trump administration must heed the call to cut methane

The law of holes states that when you find yourself in one, the first step toward getting out is to stop digging. But President Trump seems hell bent on digging us toward climate catastrophe, even as the hole’s ostensible beneficiaries — major oil and gas companies — urge his administration to stop.

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BCTV Op-ed: PA Could Benefit from New Federal Methane Bill

New federal legislation could help Pennsylvania reduce methane gas leaks from natural gas facilities.

Methane is considered one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and roughly 520,000 metric tons of the gas is leaked by oil and gas facilities in the state each year.

The Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2019 was introduced in the U.S. House on Tuesday by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.

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Albuquerque Journal: NM needs more than an old pic to regulate methane

“We can pinpoint emissions down to 20 feet or so from the source to actually see where the leak is coming from. It will be the largest comprehensive survey of methane leaks in an oil field ever done.”

– Kairos co-founder and CEO Steve Deiker

New Mexico has been relying on a 2014 NASA snapshot of the Four Corners when it comes to the issue of methane emissions. And while NASA identified oil and gas field venting, flaring and leaks as the source in 2016, there are those who have blamed natural seeps from underground formations and coal mining operations, as well as bovine burps at the many dairies across the state.

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The Hill Op-ed: EPA should follow Colorado’s lead regulating oil and gas

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) is about to set a national precedent of the best kind: He will sign a law putting Coloradans’ public health, safety and welfare first when the state considers whether and how to permit oil and gas production.

When the “Protect Public Welfare Oil And Gas Operations” bill becomes law, it will also reinforce municipalities’ right to govern the oil and gas industry as they do other industries. Hard as it may be to believe, in every other significant oil and gas producing state the oil and gas industry’s interests come first.

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