Study: Energy Industry Supports Methane Rules in Colorado
Colorado’s oil and gas industry is generally supportive of the state’s comprehensive methane emissions regulations and views them as a cost-effective step toward reducing the venting, flaring, and leaking of natural gas from industrial drilling operations, a study released on 15 April shows.
The study, conducted by Keating Research on behalf of the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions, asked oil and gas representatives to discuss the impact of Colorado’s Regulation 7 on their operations. The center represents the interests of companies in the methane mitigation industry, such as those conducting leak detections and repairs.
Patrick Von Bargen, executive director of the center, said the first-of-its-kind study examined the impact of methane emissions regulations on the oil and gas industry. “The reason we commissioned this Colorado report is that Colorado has the most comprehensive set of methane regulations in the country right now,” Von Bargen said. “And as we were working with industry and with policymakers, we heard a lot of anecdotal information about how it was working in Colorado.”