Sending Office: Honorable Diana DeGette
I wanted to make sure you saw that the Environmental Defense Fund will be hosting a demonstration of its new “find and fix” Methane CH4llenge virtual reality experience next week in the Rayburn Foyer.
The Methane CH4llenge experience takes users into a digitally simulated wellsite to highlight the ease and benefits of addressing the important energy challenge of reducing methane emissions. Methane CH4llenge participants will be
equipped with knowledge and technology widely available to industry today, including Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras. They will have the opportunity to find and fix multiple methane leaks, allowing them to experience helping industry reduce harmful
methane emissions. The Methane CH4llenge experience will be available for members, staff, and interns on
June 20, 2018, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Rayburn Foyer. You can sign up in advance to try the CH4llenge
here. A preview of the Methane CH4llenge experience can be seen at bit.ly/EDFVRvideo.
Each year over 8 million metric tons of methane, the main ingredient in natural gas and a powerful greenhouse gas, escape from U.S. oil and gas operations due to venting, leaking, or flaring – almost $2 billion worth of product annually.
This includes over $330 million worth of the product lost from oil and gas operations on public lands. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the role that natural gas can play in the future of global energy is inextricably linked to its ability
to help address environmental problems.
Much of these emissions can be cost-effectively reduced by regularly looking for and fixing leaks, as demonstrated in the Methane CH4llenge experience. There are currently over 100 American firms operating in over 500 locations all
across the country providing the technology and services needed for comprehensive leak detection and repair, and other common-sense steps to reduce methane emissions.
Colorado led the way in dealing with the challenges of wasted methane at well sites with common-sense methane waste rules that were a model for federal rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. These rules are now the subject
of litigation as the Trump Administration seeks to undo them.
I hope you and your staff will take time to experience this simulation and learn more about methane reduction strategies.
Member of Congress
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