A major Wyoming natural gas supplier told Fox News there are misconceptions about the fossil fuel that powers everything from cellphones to electric cars.
“The biggest misconception about natural gas is that we can’t do it cleanly,” Paul Ulrich, vice president of Jonah Energy, told Fox News.
“We can,” he continued. “We’ve proven it here at Jonah Field. Other operators have proven it, and we’re absolutely a big part of the solution to climate goals.”
Ulrich said about 40% of electricity generation in the United States is fueled by natural gas.
Jonah Field was one of the greatest on land natural gas discovered in the early 1990s, according to the Company Website. Jonah Energy of Sublette County, Wyoming operates more than 2,400 producing wells in the region.
the Administration of environmental information calls natural gas a “relatively” clean fossil fuel.
“Well drilling activities produce air pollution and can disturb people, wildlife and water resources,” the EIA’s website says. “Laying pipelines that transport natural gas from wells typically requires clearing land to bury the pipe. Natural gas production can also produce large volumes of contaminated water.”
“It’s also our backyard,” Ulrich said. “That’s where we fish. This is where we hunt. This is where we raise our children.”
Part of Jonah Energy’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment is its Responsibly Produced Gas initiative. The company uses a high-tech thermal camera to detect and help repair methane leaks, which is used to inspect each wellsite once a month.
The company said it had reduced its methane emissions per unit of natural gas produced by 68% over the past three years, “translating into one of the lowest emissions intensities of any operator. in the USA”.
Despite efforts to reduce emissions, environmental groups like the Sierra Club have called for a phase-out of natural gas.
“Two-thirds of the methane used in the United States is extracted by hydraulic fracturing, a process that pollutes the air and water, contributes to climate change and causes earthquakes,” according to a Sierra Club. article titled “‘Natural’ gas is not clean energy – it’s climate-damaging methane.”
“To avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we must abandon the burning of fossil fuels and switch to 100% clean and renewable energy,” the article states.
Ulrich told Fox News: “We care very deeply about [the environment]. I would go so far as to say that everyone here in Wyoming is passionate about conservation, passionate about preserving wildlife and our air and water quality, and we work every day to make sure that we do the best job we can.”