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September: Name the sources of rising methane emissions…Survey Says!October 13, 2016
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2016
NAME A SOURCE OF RISING METHANE EMISSIONS…
If you guess cow burps, you just scored points for your team on Family Feud, but if you guessed fossil fuels, you gained a strike and failed to get on the board.
A study recently released by researchers at the Royal Holloway, University of London shows that while methane emissions have been increasing, it wasn’t due to natural gas, oil and coal production. In fact, emissions from these sources have actually decreased since 2007.
“Our results go against conventional thinking that the recent increase in atmospheric methane must be caused by increased emissions from natural gas, oil, and coal production. Our analysis of methane’s isotopic composition clearly points to increased emissions from microbial sources, such as wetlands or agriculture” said lead author Euan Nisbet from Royal Holloway, University of London’s Department of Earth Sciences.
The survey results confirm findings by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand (NIWAR) earlier this year. According to the lead author of the NOAA study, Hinrich Schaefer, “Currently increasing methane levels are caused not by fossil fuel production but rather by wetlands or, more likely, agriculture.”
BEANIES, BLOOD AND BUSTING CLAYS Industry leads charitable drives and events this fall
From shooting sports to coat and blood drives, the NDPC and its members are finding ways to collect vital resources for organizations, communities and families. Last week, the NDPC kicked off its 2nd Annual Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive. Twenty-four locations throughout the Bakken will serve as collection points for those willing to donate new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and other winter clothing items.
Participating companies have until October 7 to collect as many items as possible to win $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.
“We’ve welcomed many new people to the community over the last decade of growth, but some haven’t been equipped to handle North Dakota’s cold weather and there are still those in need,” said Debbie Stahl, captain for the Salvation Army in Minot, one of the organizations that will benefit from this year’s drive. “We are grateful that we can turn to the industry’s employees to help collect more clothing items, especially as winter nears.”
Rain didn’t stop more than 125 shooters from hitting the sporting clays range for the inaugural Bustin’ Clays for United Way fun shoot held in Dickinson on September 23. The event, which was hosted by WPX Energy and Dakota Community Bank and Trust helped raise more than $9,600 for the United Way of Dickinson.
“Words cannot express my gratitude for everything all [they] have done for United Way. This amount is truly incredible,” said Nichole De Leon, coordinator for the Dickinson Chapter.
The industry has teamed up with United Way on numerous occasions to help with its many causes, including the Imagination Library. The industry worked with United Way and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple to help fund the program in all oil and gas producing counties and has contributed more than $91,150, which will help deliver 43,744 books to up to 3,646 children.
Hess Corporation hosts blood drive for United Blood Services
Hess corporation will host a blood drive at its Tioga offices on Tuesday, October 4 from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. Those interested in participating may schedule an appointment by clicking here.
ICYMI – MULE DEER FOUNDATION RECEIVES $10,000 FROM NDPC FOR HABITAT, CONSERVATION & HUNTING ACCESS
The North Dakota Petroleum Council today presented the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) with a check for $10,000 for the Byron Richards Ranch project, a tract of about 22,000 acres of rugged terrain near Beach, N.D. that will be rehabilitated and enrolled into the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s (NDGF) Private Land Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS) program. The project is the largest of its kind in the history of the PLOTS program and will support the MDF and NDGF’s efforts to help landowners improve habitat and access to the outdoors.
Marshall Johnson, Regional Director for the MDF, attended the NDPC’s 35th Annual Meeting to accept the donation.
“This gift will be a great help in our efforts to rehabilitate this critical habitat and open more land up to sportsmen and women,” said Johnson. “We realized many years ago that achieving our conservation goals requires partners, and we made it a point to work with landowners, ranchers and farmers, the energy industry and others to identify and develop projects such as this. The result has been nothing short of a win-win-win for all parties as these projects come to fruition.”
BAKKEN AREA RESPONDERS RECEIVE $65,000 FROM XTO ENERGY
XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, today announced it has contributed $65,000 to fire departments and emergency services organizations—many of which are staffed by volunteers—in eastern Montana and western North Dakota to help fund training and equipment needs.
“XTO would like to thank the emergency responders for the important services they provide to the Bakken area communities,” said John Baker, vice president, XTO Energy Western Division. “We are pleased to support our first responders as we share the same goal. Safety is XTO’s top priority as well.”
Watford City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Philip Riely said he will now be able to equip the department’s vehicles with new mobile devices to aid in the prompt dispatch of equipment throughout its vast coverage area.
“With our rescue trucks covering approximately 1,100 square miles, and multiple well sites, the GPS-aided navigation will drastically reduce our response time,” Riely said.
“Organizations such as XTO, that place importance on supporting your local EMS, deserve a hearty handshake and a pat on the back from all those in the communities they serve.”