Methane emissions from gas transmission & storage sector 27% lower than government estimates

verage methane emissions from gas transmission and storage sector 27 percent lower than government estimates

Williams was one of six pipeline companies who joined the Environmental Defense Fund in sponsoring a study released by Colorado State University this week on methane emissions from the natural gas transmission and storage sector.

The study is one of the most comprehensive evaluations of the topic to date. This collaborative effort between industry, academia and an environmental group, highlights that industry has made great strides in reducing methane releases with new technology and improved pipeline integrity and maintenance programs. However, it also points out that there is still improvement that can be made.

For more on the study, read the blog post from INGAA President and CEO Don Santa.

Utica Shale may hold 20 times more natural gas than previously thought


Williams' Harrison Hub Fractionation Plant in the Utica shale.

Williams’ Harrison Hub Fractionation Plant in the Utica shale.

A new study organized by West Virginia University states that the Utica shale play holds substantially more gas than initially estimated.

“(The Utica) is much larger than original estimates, and its size and potential recoverable resources are comparable to the Marcellus play, the largest oil and gas play in the U.S. and the second-largest in the world,” the study suggests.

Williams’ operations, as well as proposed projects in the Northeast, include assets that will allow natural gas produced in the Utica shale to reach the best markets.

Read the full story online.

Environmental Stewardship Program to Fund $2.5 million in Local Conservation Project


Today we joined in with The Conservation Fund in announcing 17 conservation projects which will receive more than $2.5 million in funding through our Atlantic Sunrise Environmental Stewardship Program. Together, these projects will restore more than 10 miles of wildlife habitat along streams, prevent thousands of pounds of harmful nutrients from entering waterways and support the construction of eight miles of new trails in central and southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Atlantic Sunrise Environmental Stewardship Program is a voluntary program designed to benefit the resources and support communities within our Atlantic Sunrise project area. It is not designed to replace traditional compensatory mitigation requirements of state and federal permitting agencies.

During much of the past year, The Conservation Fund has worked with us to provide an objective, scientifically-based identification and evaluation of natural resource stewardship needs within the project area. This included meetings with key stakeholders to identify significant natural resources such as forests, streams, and species habitats as well as recommended environmental stewardship opportunities.

We appreciate the guidance we received from The Conservation Fund and are confident this formal approach to environmental stewardship will greatly benefit the project area.

Once complete, the 17 projects chosen to receive Environmental Stewardship funds will result in the restoration of more than 10 miles and 30 acres of streamside habitat, the creation of new trails expected to be used by around 200,000 people, and the storage of approximately 925 tons each year of manure, which reduces quantities of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium entering nearby streams and improves water quality.