Methane

Methane is a greenhouse gas, emitted both by natural sources and from human activity. Methane is also the largest component of natural gas, the product that companies sell. Operators have every incentive to capture and sell as much of this product as possible to American consumers, rather than letting it escape into the atmosphere. And independent oil and natural gas producers have made great strides in reducing our carbon footprint by cutting emissions without raising energy costs.

In fact, the United States leads the world in the reduction of carbon emissions, even as the production of U.S. oil and natural gas continues to increase. Our success in lowering carbon emissions in the United States is not because of additional regulations, but because of the increased use of clean-burning natural gas. It doesn’t take top-down mandates from Washington, D.C. to recognize the benefits of low-carbon natural gas as an affordable, reliable, and abundant power source.

Fact Sheets

According to the latest U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory, methane emissions from oil and natural gas systems have decreased 19 percent since 1990 (249 million metric tons to 202 mmt) at the same time natural gas production has increased 52 percent and oil production has increased 28 percent. Read more

The latest U.S. government data show greenhouse gas emissions continuing to decline thanks to increased use of clean-burning natural gas. Read more

Recent Press Releases

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (Alliance) and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) are pleased to announce their joint effort on two new projects for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. The first project is the 2018 White......

  • DENVER – Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) applaud the release of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) waste prevention rule, also known as the BLM venting and flaring rule. Unlike those rushed out at the end of the Obama......

  • Growing America’s Energy Future By Barry Russell, IPAA President and CEO Morning Consult Opinion March 6, 2018 America’s energy producers are the backbone of our nation’s security and economic growth. Yet, as our country faces the considerable challenge of meeting our future energy needs, companies......

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance today welcome the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) suspension of an Obama administration final rule regulating venting and flaring from oil and natural gas operations on federal and tribal lands. “We’re......

  • DENVER – Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) today filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming opposing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request for a delay of a lawsuit by industry and the states......

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representing the independent producers that develop 90 percent of America’s oil and natural gas wells, Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) President and CEO Barry Russell issued the following statement on today’s Senate procedural vote failing to allow debate on an Obama-era......

Correspondence

IPAA is the industry’s strongest presence in the nation’s capital and these are important times. The entire oil and gas industry remains under fire from anti-development groups; but with these challenges arise unique opportunities that IPAA is seizing for our members.