Oil and gas: How we're reducing harmful impacts
Natural gas—which in the long term is less damaging to our climate than coal—is an important fuel source as we work toward a cleaner energy future.
However, if produced irresponsibly, it creates serious environmental and health risks, and wastes a valuable energy resource. To reduce these impacts, we’re working to make sure oil and gas are produced as safely as possible.
Our oil and gas initiatives
Calculate the full climate impact of natural gas
Why: Uncombusted natural gas is mostly methane, which is much more potent than carbon dioxide. Until recently, no one knew how much of it was leaking into the air.
How: We are leading the effort to measure leaks across the supply chain, which will help us find practical solutions.
Harness technology to fight methane pollution
Why: Methane is colorless and odorless, making it hard to detect leaks. Emerging sensor technologies are making the job easier.
Push for common-sense policies to reduce environmental risks
Why: While the oil and gas industry has made strides to reduce methane pollution, national policy is needed to protect our climate and environment.Photo: Dennis Schroeder
Ensure safe water and air for local communities
Why: People who live near oil and gas operations are at an increased risk of exposure to contaminated groundwater and air pollution.Photo: Flickr/facesoffracking