Methane emissions are falling even as natural gas production is increasing
While natural gas production has risen, methane emissions have actually declined slightly thanks to the oil and natural gas industry’s investment in new technologies.
Recent EPA data shows that industry initiatives to capture methane are effective. According to EIA data, from 2005 to 2014 dry production of natural gas increased 42.5 percent, with consumption by the transportation sector, pipelines and distribution increasing 43.1 percent, all while methane emission from natural gas systems fell 0.68 percent.
Methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry make up just 4 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.