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Natural Gas STAR Program

2019 Natural Gas STAR & Methane Challenge Workshop

2019 Oil and Natural Gas Conference on Voluntary Methane Emission Reductions

November 4-6, 2019, Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA

Agenda and Presentations

View the workshop agenda and download the speaker presentations below.

Time Session
MONDAY, November 4 Site Tours
8:00 am - 3:30 pm Range Resources Facility (Southpointe, PA)
Range Resources is one of the leading producers of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and has extensive operations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Participants on this field tour visited active drilling operations, hydraulic fracturing operations, gathering and production facilities, and a gas processing plant.
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Montauk Energy Renewable Natural Gas Plant (Monroeville, PA)
Participants visited the landfill gas capture area, gas processing plant, and the pipeline injection site at the Monroeville Landfill. Montauk Energy, Peoples Gas and Waste Management representatives discussed the collaboration required between the landfill and pipeline owners.
TUESDAY, November 5  
9:00 am – 9:10 am

Welcome and Introductions

  • Jerome Blackman - U.S. EPA
9:10 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Address

  • Paul Gunning - Director, Climate Change Division, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA
9:30 am – 9:45 am

Update on First Year of Methane Challenge Data and Program Accomplishments

  • Sarah Menassian - U.S. EPA

Methane Challenge Partner Experiences Panel

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Opportunities for Continuous Improvement

11:20 am – 11:35 am

Update on Program Continuous Improvement Efforts

  • Sarah Menassian - U.S. EPA
11:35 am – 12:00 pm

Best Management Practice for Equipment Leak/Fugitive Emissions at Compressor Stations: Targeting Unit Isolation and Blowdown Valve Leakage

  • Josh Ennis - National Fuel Gas
1:00 pm – 1:20 pm

Rod Packing Evaluation and Replacement Program

  • Steven Anderson, Todd Baker - DTE Energy
1:20 pm – 1:40 pm

NGS Partner Experience with Liquids Unloading

  • Michael Ondash - Range Resources
1:40 pm – 2:00 pm

Minimizing Emissions While Manually Unloading Unconventional Shale Gas Wells: An Applied Practice – Appalachian Basin

  • Jeff Formica - Seneca Resources Company
2:00 pm – 2:20 pm

Enhancing Transparency and Recognition of RNG Projects

  • Rob LaCount - M.J. Bradley & Associates
2:20 pm – 2:30 pm

Discussion and Q&A

Natural Gas STAR Partner Experiences

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Natural Gas STAR Program Updates

  • Jerome Blackman - U.S. EPA
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Flare Reductions Achieved by Methane Reduction Strategy

  • Lisa Tiesman - Shell E&P
    This presentation is not available.
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Finding Innovative Ways to Minimize Emissions

  • Kelli Cox, Kathy Steerman, Josh Carlisle - Extraction Oil and Gas
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Discussion and Q&A

Data-Driven Decision Making

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Leveraging AI-powered Software to Predict which Daily Excavation Tickets are at the Highest Risk of Having Damages

  • Mishal Thadani - Urbint and LDC partner
    This presentation is not available.
4:20 pm – 4:40 pm

Accelerated Detection and Repair of Larger Leaks in Distribution System to Abate Methane Emissions: Lessons Learned from the First Year of Operation

  • Francois Rongere - PG&E
4:40 pm – 5:00 pm

Using Off-the-Shelf Business Intelligence Tools to Identify Areas with Potential Methane / Fugitive Emissions Releases

  • Dan McDermott - Huco Consulting, Inc.
WEDNESDAY, November 6  
9:00 am– 9:10 am

Opening Remarks and Recap from Day 1

  • Jerome Blackman - U.S. EPA
9:10 am– 9:40 am

Keynote Address: The Commitments Across National Fuel’s Subsidiaries as an Integrated Company

  • Ronald Kraemer - President, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and Empire Pipeline Inc.

Renewable Natural Gas Projects

9:40 am – 10:00 am

Dane County’s RNG Project

  • John Welch - Dane County, WI
10:00 am – 10:20 am

Lessons from Lifecycle Analysis and RNG Production Experience

  • Marianne Mintz - Argonne National Lab
    This presentation is not available.
10:20 am – 10:40 am

Landfill Gas Project

  • Chase Edmiston - ONEOK
10:40 am – 11:00 am

Monroeville Landfill

  • Dan Bonk - Montauk Energy

Advancements in Leak Detection and Measurement

11:15 am – 11:30 am

Results from Recent Field and Controlled Studies of Emerging Methane Leak Detection Technologies

  • Dr. Arvind Ravikumar - Harrisburg University
    This presentation is not available.
11:30 am – 11:45 am

Handheld and Airborne Scanning Laser Sensors for Natural Gas Leak Imaging and Quantification

  • Dr. Michael Frish - Physical Sciences Inc.
    This presentation is not available.
11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Source-Attributable, Quantitative Results from a Basin-Wide Survey of Methane Emissions

  • Dr. Elena Berman, Chief Science Officer, Kairos Aerospace

Industry Initiatives Panel​

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

ONE Future Coalition

  • Richard Hyde - Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

ESG Metrics Reporting Template

  • Pam Lacey - American Gas Association
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

INGAA Methane Emissions Commitments

  • Sandra Snyder - Interstate National Gas Association of America
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

API Environmental Partnership

  • Matt Todd - American Petroleum Institute
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Natural Gas Supply Collaborative & the Downstream Natural Gas Initiative

  • Rob LaCount - M.J. Bradley & Associates

EPA Greenhouse Gas Data

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

EPA Greenhouse Gas Data

  • Adam Eisele, Melissa Weitz - U.S. EPA

Service Provider Panel

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
4:30 pm– 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Workshop Adjourns

  • Jerome Blackman - U.S. EPA
THURSDAY, November 7  
9:00 am – 3:30 pm Stakeholder Workshop: EPA GHG Data on Natural Gas and Petroleum Systems

Site Tours

Montauk Energy
Montauk Energy Monroeville

Montauk Energy Renewable Natural Gas Plant in Monroeville, PA

Monday, November 4, 2019
This site tour was hosted by Pittsburgh-based Montauk Energy, an industry leader on the national scale with more than 30 years of experience in the development, operation, and management of biogas-fueled renewable energy projects throughout the U.S. Topics included landfill gas fundamentals, project development, gas processing, and pipeline injection. A representative from Peoples Natural Gas discussed RNG from the utility perspective.

Learn moreExit about Montauk Energy's operations in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Range Resources
Range Resources Marcellus Shale

Range Resources’ Marcellus Shale Operation in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Monday, November 4, 2019
This site tour was hosted by Range Resources, one of the leading producers of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale with extensive operations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Participants toured active drilling operations, hydraulic fracturing operations, gathering and production facilities, and a gas processing plant.

Learn moreExit about what Range Resources is doing in the Marcellus Shale.

About the Workshop

The 2019 Natural Gas STAR & Methane Challenge Fall Workshop was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from November 4-6, 2019. The workshop brought together oil and natural gas experts, researchers, academics, and other industry stakeholders to discuss voluntary methane emission reductions and ongoing developments. Participants learned about innovative approaches and practices to voluntarily reduce methane emissions, and recent developments with the Methane Challenge and Natural Gas STAR Programs. Attendees also learned about exciting developments emerging from Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) projects from around the country.