The Environmental Partnership, an industry group that has grown to 102 oil and gas companies since its founding in 2017 with 23 members, recently released its annual report revealing that in 2022 in its leak detection and repair program more than 202 million component inspections were performed, 664,000 surveys were conducted, and 157,000 sites were surveyed with a leak occurrence rate of 0.07 percent (less than one component leak in a thousand). Emily Hague, director, said, “Our participants remain committed to reducing methane emissions within their operations through innovative facility design, improvements in operational practices and procedures, advancements in detecting and measuring emissions, and improved accuracy in data emissions reporting.”
The 102 companies operate in 47 states and represent nearly 70 percent of U.S. onshore oil and gas production in every major basin. The partnership is expanding its focus from upstream operations to also include midstream operations. In 2022 workshops were conducted in Permian Basin and North Dakota, and the annual meeting was held in Houston.
For 2022 the partnership reported a 14 percent reduction in total flare volumes and a 2.4 percent reduction in flare intensity. And in 2022 in its pneumatic controller program, 61,700 additional gas-driven controllers were replaced or removed from service, 4,000 zero-emission pneumatic controllers were installed at new sites, and 700 high-bleed pneumatic controllers were replaced, retrofitted or removed from service. Sixty-one member companies no longer have high-bleed pneumatic controllers in their operations.