The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association’s (NMOGA) “Methane Mitigation Road Map” reports oil and gas methane emissions declining by 14 percent from 1990 and 2017. This was at the same time oil production grew by 80 percent and gas production by 50 percent.
The road map uses EPA data and provides specific regulatory suggestions and considerations based on proven industry experience in reducing emissions and the best available science and peer-reviewed data.
This is the first-ever analysis of New Mexico-based EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data and is the most comprehensive dataset of state-level emissions available. From 2011 to 2017, it was found that New Mexico methane emissions from oil and natural gas production decreased by 51 percent, or 378,025 to 182,924 metric tons methane. Combined oil and natural gas production climbed 31 percent over the same period to 392,176 barrels of oil equivalent.
The San Juan Basin reported the most dramatic decline as methane emissions fell by 55 percent, while combined oil and natural gas production fell 24 percent. In the Permian, where the industry’s growth has recently been the most significant, methane emissions were shown to have declined 35 percent at the same time production soared 101 percent.
“There is nothing we value more than safeguarding the people and places we care about the most, and that means working continuously to protect the environment and reduce and control methane emissions,” said Ryan Flynn, executive director of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.