February 2002

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Gas partners save $102 million by reducing methane emissions

Annual results from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's(EPA's) Natural Gas STAR Program show that its industry partnersreduced methane emissions from unit operations and equipment leaksby 34 bi..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Annual results from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Natural Gas STAR Program show that its industry partners reduced methane emissions from unit operations and equipment leaks by 34 billion cubic feet in 2000. At a gas value of $3.00/thousand cubic feet (Mcf), these gas savings are worth approximately $102 million. The Natural Gas STAR Program is a voluntary partnership between EPA and the natural gas industry, focused on identifying and implementing cost-effective technologies and practices to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The program has more than 90 partners across all of the major sectors of the gas industry - production, process

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