Annual Report 2020
In 2019, The Environmental Partnership focused its second full year on growing the coalition, expanding its reach and impacts, and harnessing the growing enthusiasm within the participating companies. The Partnership continues to demonstrate the oil and natural gas industry’s commitment to deliver improved environmental performance by taking action, learning, and collaborating while delivering the essential energy that powers America’s economy and quality of life.
See our progress in the 2020 Annual Report (7 MB).
Download the 2020 Annual Report Summary (2 MB).
President & CEO, API
The Partnership has tripled its membership since its December 2017 launch. It serves as a model for industry-led climate solutions and collaborative investment in the technologies and best practices that are driving down emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds.
Director, The Environmental Partnership
The Partnership continues to demonstrate the oil and natural gas industry’s commitment to deliver improved environmental performance by taking action, learning, and collaborating while delivering the essential energy that powers America’s economy and quality of life.
Chair, The Environmental Partnership
Manager, Carbon Reduction, Chevron
Our members’ combined ingenuity, creativity and know-how gives us great confidence in the industry’s ability to continually improve our environmental performance. We welcome the opportunity to build on the program’s progress in the years ahead.
The Environmental Partnership Expands to Midstream
Starting in 2020, we’re proud to announce the expansion of The Partnership to include the industry’s midstream segment. Midstream companies are an integral part of the supply chain, and necessary to move oil and natural gas from the wellhead to the transportation infrastructure necessary to get these fuels and feedstocks to market.
Informed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, the program is focusing its efforts to take commonsense actions to further reduce emissions from compressors and pipeline blowdowns within oil and natural gas transmission operations.
TC Energy has a long, proud history of delivering sustainability solutions. The Environmental Partnership provides a great opportunity for TC Energy to work with industry partners on our shared goal of meeting today’s energy needs safely, reliably and economically while progressing sustainable solutions for future energy demand.
Executive Vice President &
President U.S. Natural Gas Pipelines,
Enbridge moves about 20% of the natural gas consumed across the United States, and our network of gas transmission and midstream pipelines covers 30 states and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural gas is key to a lower-carbon future, and we as a company are committed to sustainability —helping to meet North America’s growing energy needs in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. We’re pleased to be adding our energy and our focus to The Environmental Partnership, and to be working alongside our industry peers to reduce emissions.
Enbridge’s Executive Vice President and President of Gas Transmission and Midstream
As an industry leader that handles 30% of the natural gas in the United States, Williams knows that the industry is capable of being part of the solution, as actions supported by The Environmental Partnership demonstrate. These efforts align with our own commitment to contribute to a safe and sustainable future.
Williams’ President and Chief Executive Officer
At Tallgrass Energy, we believe the most important measure of our success as a company and as a neighbor is how well we achieve our objective to ensure the safety of our people, our communities and our environment. We’re proud to be the first midstream company to join the environmental partnership since its expansion to midstream. Through our membership in the environmental partnership, we have committed to use proven strategies and technologies to reduce even further methane and volatile organic compound emissions across our assets. It’s the right thing to do.
Chief Executive Officer, Tallgrass Energy, LP
Nothing is more important to EagleClaw and all of its employees than ensuring that we work safely, reliably and responsibly in alignment with the goals of our key stakeholders, which includes not only our investors but the local communities and environments we operate in. We are continuously examining effective and proven ways to meaningfully improve our environmental performance.
President and CEO, EagleClaw Midstream
2019 Environmental Performance Highlights
Leak Detection and Repair
- More than 87,000 sites surveyed
- More than 116 million component inspections performed
- More than 184,000 surveys conducted
- 0.08% leak occurrence rate, or less than 1 component leaking in a thousand
- The Environmental Partnership implemented in 17 of 21 top producing states
- Membership has more than tripled since the program’s launch
- 19 of the top 20 U.S. natural gas producers and 36 of the top 40 U.S. natural gas producers are participating companies
Manual Liquids Unloading
- Emissions minimized by monitoring more than 44,000 manual liquids unloading events
- More than 10,500 additional gas driven controllers replaced or removed from service
- More than 3,300 high-bleed pneumatic controllers replaced, retrofitted, or removed from service
- More than 2,800 zero-emission pneumatic controllers installed at new sites
- 43 participating companies no longer have high-bleed pneumatic controllers in their operations
Focus on Flaring
While U.S. operators have proven it’s possible to increase production while also reducing flaring, we share the community, shareholder, regulatory, and environmental perspective that routine flaring must be reduced. To that end, participants gathered at Occidental’s Midland facility to discuss current flaring trends, causes, and current best practices. This gathering expanded on previous discussions to better understand the issues and challenges operators face to address flaring. The workshop provided an overview of planning, best practices, and technologies that can reduce flaring volumes and improve flare reliability and efficiency when it does occur.
Why does industry flare gas?
Flaring typically occurs when a well is first drilled, during facility maintenance or during unplanned events for safety measures such as alleviating pressure. Flaring is also used when an oil well produces ancillary natural gas and there is no pipeline infrastructure available to transport it. In these instances, flaring is the safer environmental option. Rather than “venting” the gas into the air, flaring burns the gas, which releases fewer greenhouse gases than venting.
When a company commits to reducing emissions, it impacts how employees plan projects, design facilities, and solve problems. The Environmental Partnership enables companies who’ve made this commitment to learn from each other, share best practices, and raise the bar for the entire industry.
Permian Air Team Lead, Chevron
A Year in Review: Learning Across Basins
In 2019, The Partnership held three workshops in Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. The workshops were a great introduction to the program with their ‘hands-on’ nature. And when combined with opportunities to network with industry colleagues, they continue to provide real value to the attendees.
The Environmental Partnership’s workshops were extremely helpful, with interesting presentations that provided new information and innovative ways to help us further reduce emissions. The workshops also provided us with a rare and appreciated opportunity to talk face-to-face with other operators and presenters about their own experiences with facility designs, regulations and new technologies. These workshops are well worth the effort to attend.
Sr. Engineer – Environmental Compliance and Technology,
ES&H, Cimarex Energy
Making comprehensive environmental progress, however, requires the contributions of many outside of industry. In 2019, we provided forums for operators to hear the latest from important stakeholders including local state regulatory agencies, trade association representatives, and new emissions and detection research. The 2019 Annual Conference, themed “The Field of the Future,” provided participating company representatives the latest intelligence on satellite measurement capabilities and welcomed emission detection technology developers and service providers to join us for our inaugural Tech Forum.
The Partnership’s funding and promotional efforts have enhanced METEC’s research into methane-sensing technologies, furthering ties between researchers and producers on projects to reduce emissions.”