Member Publications

The latest publications from our members.

Latest Publications

Canadian Methane Jobs Market Analysis

With the upcoming release of draft Federal and Provincial methane emissions reduction legislation, the Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance has completed an inventory of methane emissions reduction technology and service providers in Canada. This report contains a comprehensive review of companies with offices located in Canada and the associated number of jobs within each of those organizations related specifically to methane emissions reduction activities. The data has further been broken down by methane source category in order to demonstrate which sources are currently served and to what capacity the market can be served upon the implementation of methane regulations
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Process Ecology 2018 Air Emissions Regulations In Western Canada – A Primer

Air emissions regulations and reporting requirements in Western Canada are in constant evolution and can be a very confusing topic. Often there are different regulations in each province and federally, many of which are currently undergoing change as a result of the climate change initiatives underway in each jurisdiction. This high level overview examines the existing and upcoming regulatory and reporting requirements for air emissions, specifically those focused around climate change, but touching on other aspects that impact the upstream oil and gas industry as well
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GreenPath 2017 Historical Canadian Fugitive Emissions managment Program Assessment

Throughout North America, federal and provincial or state level governments are developing methane emissions regulatory frameworks to be implemented in the coming years with a target of achieving a 40 to 45% reduction in methane emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry by 2025. Alberta has committed to a 45% reduction by 2025, with enhanced leak detection and repair likely to be one of the first policy frameworks which will be used to help achieve this objective. The three most critical components to a Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program are facility inspection frequency, measurement standards, and repair requirements. To date, there is a significant gap in evaluating the current fugitive emissions management practices of the upstream oil and gas industry. This document is the first step to fill this gap
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GreenPath 2016 Alberta Fugitive and Vented Emissions Inventory Study

This study was commissioned by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to gain a more refined data set of fugitive and vented emissions at small facilities located throughout Alberta, where a significant gap exists in data related to fugitive emissions and venting. This study also includes an inventory of equipment associated with methane leaks and vents. A total of 395 distinct facilities with 676 oil and gas wells at those surface locations were inspected by qualified emission technologists and AER staff inspectors during August and November/December 2016. To date, the GreenPath Study is the most extensive evaluation of methane emission leaks and equipment inventory at small facilities ever conducted in Alberta
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GreenPath 2016 Pneumatic Pump Alternatives for Cold Weather

Emissions from natural gas-driven pumps are identified as a significant source of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. As a result, the industry is actively pursuing alternatives to gas-driven chemical injection pumps as a means to reduce venting emissions. This report aims to assess economic and technical feasibility of commercial and nearcommercial alternatives to gas-driven pumps in Western Canada, with particular attention to technologies that perform at northern latitudes and cold climates
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OOOOa Regulations - Case Study, Optical Gas Imaging

In June 2017, new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency about the monitoring of natural gas compressor stations went into effect. The rules require quarterly checks for methane leaks at any compressor station that has been newly constructed or modified since September 2015. While the EPA’s main concern is reducing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, experience is starting to demonstrate that regular testing using infrared (IR) cameras can save companies money and improve worker safety as well.
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Understanding Oil and Gas Methane Emissions and Mitigation Opportunities: Part 1

This blog post is the first installment in a two-part series about methane emissions, how they are created and why there’s push to reduce them.
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Understanding Oil and Gas Methane Emissions: Part 2 - Measurement and Mitigation

This blog post is the second installment in a two-part series about methane emissions. In the first post, we looked at how methane emissions are created and why there’s a push to reduce them. In this second post, we’ll share an overview of what’s being done to help industry cut emissions to meet regulatory requirements.
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