Pipeline Methane Emissions Symposium: Detection, Quantification and Mitigation

Pipeline Methane Emissions Symposium: Detection, Quantification and Mitigation

April 19-20, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

The natural gas pipeline network in the United States includes more than 300,000 miles of interstate and intrastate pipelines. While natural gas is a relatively clean energy source, leaks and ruptures can release methane into the atmosphere, impacting the economic viability of the pipeline system and increasing its environmental footprint. Reducing methane emissions from pipeline operations presents an actionable opportunity to help improve the industry’s climate performance while also boosting operational efficiency.

EUCI’s symposium on detecting and mitigating methane emissions from transmission and distribution operations will bring together industry leaders to share the latest regulatory updates, policy developments, and best practices in reducing methane emissions, and present attendees with information and analysis of leak quantification and best practices in leak detection and management. Register now for this virtual symposium to learn how industry stakeholders are coordinating their response to climate concerns and incorporating cutting-edge strategies and technologies to mitigate the threat that methane emissions pose to the environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review regulations regarding methane emissions from oil and gas transmission and distribution
  • Distinguish the various sources of methane emissions in pipeline and storage operations
  • Discuss the environmental benefits of certified low emission natural gas
  • Identify the variety of technologies available for emission detection and quantification
  • Examine the regulatory requirements and regimes for reporting methane emissions
  • Discuss methodologies for quantifying methane emissions
  • Review the potential promise of renewable natural gas
  • Appraise the suite of tools being used by different operators to lower methane emissions
  • Assess accounting approaches for different transmission and distribution asset categories
  • Review methane blowdown and leak mitigation technology

Agenda

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: KEYNOTE: PHMSA Regulatory Outlook

The PIPES Act of 2020 directs the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to set standards to reduce methane emissions from natural gas gathering lines, transmission lines, and distribution lines. The first step in implementing this regulation is directing gas pipeline operators to explain how they will minimize emissions of methane. This keynote address will examine PHMSA’s oversight role in implementing these new regulations to enhance and modernize pipeline safety and environmental standards to improve safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

John Gale, Director of Standards and Rulemaking, Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT)

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: KEYNOTE: An Overview of Methane Emissions from Oil & Gas

The United States is the second-largest emitter of methane from oil and gas operations, and while production accounts for nearly half of those emissions, gathering, boosting, and distribution also have significant contributions. An estimated 43% of emissions could be abated at zero net cost. EPA has proposed draft regulations to address methane emissions from all oil and gas operations in the United States, with the aim of decreasing methane emissions by approximately 75%. This Keynote presentation will provide the EPA’s perspective on progress being made in the sector to reduce emissions, and strategies for improving on that progress moving forward.

Karen Marsh, Senior Environmental Engineer, Environmental Protection Agency

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: Assessing the Effectiveness of Emerging Detection and Quantification Technologies

There has been rapid growth in new technologies to detect and measure methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, and in recent years, a lot of hype surrounding various new approaches being promoted in the industry. While utilities are deploying new and more advanced leak survey and detection and equipment, it can be challenging to determine which best meet utilities’ need for cost-effective strategies to identify leaks and reduce emissions. This presentation will examine the state-of-the-art in methane emission detection and quantification, as well as the methods used to evaluate their effectiveness in the field, while also looking forward to advances that might impact industry efforts to measure, monitor, and mitigate midstream methane emission in the future.

Thomas Fox, President and Director of Innovation, Highwood Emissions Management

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Advancing Certified Low Methane Emission Natural Gas

While the extraction and production of natural gas must meet a variety of environmental regulations, “certified” natural gas meets best practices that go above and beyond. Certified natural gas offers a practical, cost-effective, and near-term option to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to combat climate change. MiQ has developed a universally applicable system to certify and differentiate natural gas based on its methane emissions performance at a granular level. In this session, Lara Owens of the Rocky Mountain Institute will discuss the criteria that inform MiQ certification and how incentives to reward methane management can be utilized to achieve industry methane abatement goals. 

Lara Owens, Manager Methane Intelligence, Rocky Mountain Institute

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break 

 

DETECTING, MEASURING, AND MONITORING METHANE EMISSIONS

 

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Jonah Energy’s Roadmap for Meeting a Verifiable Reporting Standard

Jonah Energy was the first U.S. natural gas company acknowledged by the United Nations’ Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP)—a multi-national partnership working on methane emissions measurement and reporting protocols—and is on course to earn a “Gold Standard” emissions rating according to the OGMP 2.0, a revised reporting framework focused not only on reduction but also on actual methane emissions performance. This session will examine the strategy employed by Jonah Energy to achieve one of the lowest documented emissions profiles of any producer in the U.S., an effort that employs an array of technologies from ground-based fixed measurement to drone based sensors, aerial laser scanning, and satellite-based asset-wide measurement.

Howard Dieter, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety, and Regulatory, Jonah Energy

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: High-Altitude Gas Mapping LiDAR Detection

Aerial surveys are growing in popularity within the oil and gas industry due to their efficiency and the actionable data they provide to operators throughout the supply chain. Bridger Photonics uses state-of-the-art laser technology to provide actionable data to clients using Gas Mapping LiDAR. This case study presentation will highlight Gas Mapping LiDAR, smart aerial scanning technology capable of detecting leaks, quantifying emission rates, and mapping the location of each plume.

Ben Losby, GML Operations and Accounts Manager, Bridger Photonics 

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Consumers Energy Expanding Methane Emissions Reduction Plans

In 1996, Consumers Energy joined the EPA Natural Gas STAR Program, a voluntary effort to identify and reduce fugitive methane emissions from the storage and delivery of natural gas. In 2016, Consumers became a founding member of EPA’s Methane Challenge Program, a voluntary commitment to use best practices to further reduce methane emissions. This presentation will provide an overview of the company’s successes and challenges in reducing emissions and the strategies and technologies being employed—including cast iron main and service line replacement, well rehabilitation, wellhead protection, temporary compression, accelerated leak reduction, asset retirement, and renewable natural gas—and look ahead to the company’s plans for the future.

Amy Kapuga, PE, Environmental Services-Air Quality, Consumers Energy

Stephanie Pierce, Senior Engineer 1, Distribution Integrity Management Program, Consumers Energy

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. :: Panel: Quantifiable Methane Emissions Reporting

Current state and federal methane emission reporting requirements and greenhouse gas inventories do not always align with state or federal regulatory regimes. Older standards for quantifying emissions lag behind evolving strategies for measuring methane emissions. Aligning these requirements and regimes will ensure information is shared to inform compliance and enforcement of regulatory obligations as well as provide a more accurate measure of the effectiveness of emission reduction efforts. This panel will discuss emission factors, quantification technologies, company-specific emission inventories, and other variables tied to appropriately accounting for emissions reductions.

Moderator: Jessica Shumlich, CEO, Highwood Emissions

Fred Hanes, Project and Program Supervisor, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Chris Moore, Technical Program Manager, Gas Technology Institute

Ed Newton, Gas Engineering Programs Manager, Southern California Gas Company

Francois Rongere, Senior Manager of R&D and Innovation for Gas Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric 

4:45 p.m. :: Day One Adjourns

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

EMISSIONS MITIGATION STRATEGIES

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Southern Company’s Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions

Southern Company has identified key strategies in its objective of achieving its goal of net-zero emissions across its operations by 2050: reduced reliance on coal-fired generating assets, growth in its portfolio of zero-carbon resources, enhanced energy efficiency initiatives, negative carbon solutions, and continued investment in research and development of clean energy technologies such as direct air capture. This session will discuss those strategies as well as pathways for mitigating methane emissions in its gas operations through infrastructure improvements, advanced leak detection and repair, strategic renewable gas integration, expanded use of alternative fuels for fleet vehicles, and enhanced measurement and reporting.

Gregory L. Jones, Director, Climate and Environmental Policy, Southern Company Gas  

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Case Study: Blowdown Recovery System

The largest source of methane emissions associated with taking compressors off-line is from the blow down or venting of gas remaining in the compressor. This case study will spotlight ZEVAC technology, which promises to mitigate the venting, flaring, and release of emissions associated with main replacement, pigging, hot tapping, and line repairs, tie-ins, and maintenance.

Doug Sahm, President, TPE Midstream

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: SoCalGas’ Program for Mitigating Emissions in Transmission and Storage

 The methane emissions reduction strategies being employed by Southern California Gas Company include advanced leak detection technologies, equipment modernization in metering and regulating facilities, pipeline replacement, and improved operational procedures during routine maintenance and operational activities, as well as other emission management practices that have resulted in the reduction of more than 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. This presentation will examine the varied and innovative toolkits employed by Southern California Gas Company in pursuit of its goals of meeting California’s aggressive long-term decarbonization targets and becoming the cleanest natural gas utility in the country.

Omar Sanchez, Project Manager, Emission Strategy Program, Southern California Gas Company

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Protocols for ESG/Sustainability Reporting for Midstream Operations

Environmental, Social, governance, and sustainability (ESG/sustainability) reporting was developed by the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association with the goal of helping electric and gas companies provide the financial sector with more uniform and consistent ESG/sustainability data and information. In this session, EEI’s Karen Obenshain will discuss ESG report and ratings—what they are and why they matter—and will examine questions related to ESG reporting such as how LDCs are gathering and reporting Scope 3 methane emissions from upstream gas producers and transporters, how to obtain better emission factors for gas purchases, and how to account for certified gas in methane emissions inventories.

Karen Obenshain, Senior Director, Fuels, Technology and Commercial Policy, Edison Electric Institute

12:00 p.m. :: Day Two Adjourns

Speakers

  • Howard Dieter, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety, and Regulatory, Jonah Energy

  • Thomas Fox, President and Director of Innovation, Highwood Emissions Management

  • John Gale, Director of Standards and Rulemaking, Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • Fred Hanes, Project and Program Supervisor, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

  • Amy Kapuga, PE, Environmental Services-Air Quality, Consumers Energy

  • Gregory L. Jones, Director, Climate and Environmental Policy, Southern Company Gas

  • Ben Losby, GML Operations and Accounts Manager, Bridger Photonics 

  • Karen Marsh, Senior Environmental Engineer, Environmental Protection Agency

  • Chris Moore, Technical Program Manager, Gas Technology Institute

  • Ed Newton, Gas Engineering Programs Manager, Southern California Gas Company

  • Karen Obenshain, Senior Director, Fuels, Technology and Commercial Policy, Edison Electric Institute

  • Lara Owens, Manager Methane Intelligence, Rocky Mountain Institute

  • Stephanie Pierce, Senior Engineer 1, Distribution Integrity Management Program, Consumers Energy

  • Francois Rongere, Senior Manager of R&D and Innovation for Gas Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric 

  • Doug Sahm, President, TPE Midstream

  • Omar Sanchez, Project Manager, Emission Strategy Program, Southern California Gas Company

  • Jessica Shumlich, CEO, Highwood Emissions

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

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Pipeline Methane Emissions Symposium: Detection, Quantification and Mitigation

April 19-20, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 18, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

CEUs

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint Presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.

Credits

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EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Conference CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

 

This course has been approved by the Oklahoma MCLE Commission for 11 hours of General CLE credit.

Who Should Attend

The Pipeline Methane Emissions Symposium: Detection, Quantification, and Mitigation will provide a unique forum for information exchange, regulatory updates, policy and technical discussions, and technological demonstrations for:

  • Natural Gas Utilities
  • Natural Gas Distributors
  • Pipeline and Storage Companies
  • Gas Producers
  • Renewable Natural Gas Companies
  • Federal, State, and Local Agencies, Regulators, and Policymakers
  • Methane Detection Solution Providers (Satellite, Aerial, Drone, Laser, Mobile, Ground-based)
  • Emissions Quantification Technology Developers
  • Leak Mitigation Technology Developers
  • Engineers
  • Energy Consultants
  • Gas Industry Associations and Organizations
  • Environmental Scientists and Researchers

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