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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

The 2019 Natural Gas STAR & Methane Challenge Fall Workshop will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from November 4-6, 2019. All are invited to this workshop that will bring together oil and natural gas experts, researchers, academics, and other industry stakeholders to discuss voluntary methane emission reductions and ongoing developments.

You will learn about innovative approaches and practices to voluntarily reduce methane emissions, and recent developments with the Methane Challenge and Natural Gas STAR Programs. Attendees will also learn about exciting developments emerging from Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) projects from around the country.


Call for Abstracts

Methane Challenge and Natural Gas STAR stakeholders are invited to submit abstracts for presentations. We encourage participation from all sectors.

In general, presentations are expected to be 15-20 minutes long, relevant to the oil and natural gas industry, and focused on voluntary practices that reduce methane emissions. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Using data to drive greater emission reductions
  2. Partner experiences reducing emissions from existing and proposed Best Management Practices
  3. Tapping into RNG opportunities to reduce methane emissions

Abstract acceptance will be determined by EPA based on relevance, content, time limitations, and program balance. Authors will receive an email confirming receipt of their submission.

If approvals or authorizations will be needed for your presentation, please verify these prior to submitting your abstract. It is expected that the submitting author will be the presenter. Selected presenters will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Selection does not constitute an endorsement by EPA of any product or company.

To submit an abstract or idea for a session topic, please contact us at GasSTAR@epa.gov.


Call for Exhibitors

Exhibitors will receive space on a first-come, first-served basis

The workshop also offers exhibit space for interested companies and organizations. Table-top exhibit space is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. The exhibitor space will be in the coffee and networking breaks areas. This will allow exhibitors to better showcase their products and services throughout the workshop. Exhibitors must register to attend the workshop sessions.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact us at GasSTAR@epa.gov.

Register to Attend

All workshop participants must register to attend by clicking on the button below, which exits EPA to an online registration form. Registration information is being collected by Tetra Tech, Inc. under contract to the U.S. EPA.

You will be asked to provide contact information, specify your industry segment, identify special accommodations that you require to participate in the workshop.

Workshop Attendance Options:

  • Full Access ($250) -- Includes all workshop sessions, materials, meals, snacks, and coffee breaks.
  • Partial Access (does not include meals, snacks, or beverages) -- Per U.S. Government regulation, all government-sponsored workshops must be open to the public. Attendees who are unable to pay the $250 registration fee will have access to all workshop sessions and materials but will not be admitted to the food functions, including coffee breaks and lunches.
  • Optional Site Tours (participation is free, boxed lunches are available for $35) -- Visit either Montauk Energy or Range Resources on Monday, November 4, 2019.

Preliminary Agenda

*Topics and schedule are tentative and subject to change as speakers are confirmed.
Note that all times are in Eastern Standard Time

Time Session
MONDAY, November 4 Optional Site Tours – Registered participants only
8:15 am - 3:00 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. The field tour will visit active drilling operations, hydraulic fracturing operations, gathering and production facilities, and a gas processing plant.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Montauk Energy Renewable Natural Gas Plant (Monroeville, PA)
Participants will visit 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 will be available to discuss the collaboration required between the landfill and pipeline owners.
   
TUESDAY, November 5  
8:00 am - 9:00 am Exhibitor check in/setup
8:30 am - 9:00 am Check in/continental breakfast
9:00 am – 9:10 am

Welcome and Introductions

9:10 am – 9:40 am

Keynote Address

  • U.S. EPA
9:40 am – 10:20 am

Methane Challenge Partner Experiences - Part One
Methane Challenge Partners and EPA will showcase partner experiences and accomplishments following the first year of participation and reporting to the program.

  • Update on First Year of Methane Challenge Data and Program Accomplishments
    U.S. EPA
  • Methane Challenge ONE Future Partner Experience [Invited]
10:20 am – 10:50 am Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:50 am – 12:00 pm

Methane Challenge Partner Experiences - Part Two

  • Distribution Blowdowns [Invited]
  • Opportunities to Replace Mains [Invited]
  • Commitments Across the Value Chain [Invited]
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Opportunities for Program Continuous Improvement
Technical topics on partner experiences in areas where EPA may expand program technical tools and resources and/or commitment options

  • Update on Program Continuous Improvement Efforts
    U.S. EPA
  • Targeting unit isolation and blowdown valve leakage
     National Fuel Gas
  • Rod-Packing Replacement [Invited]
  • Partner Successes Reducing Emissions from Liquids Unloading [Invited]
  • Discussion and Q&A
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Advancements in Leak Detection and Measurement
Learn about advancements in technologies and practices related to detecting and measuring methane leaks

  • Results from Recent Field and Controlled Studies of Emerging Methane Leak Detection Technologies
     Harrisburg University
  • Handheld and Airborne Scanning Laser Sensors for Natural Gas Leak Imaging and Quantification
    Physical Sciences Inc.
  • Partner Experiences in Continuous Emissions Monitoring [Invited]
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Leak Detection Technologies  [Invited]
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Data-Driven Decision Making
Learn about using data management and analytical techniques to inform operational decisions to reduce methane emissions

  • Leveraging AI-powered software to predict which of daily excavation tickets are at the highest risk of having damages
    Urbint and LDC partner
  • Accelerated detection and repair of larger leaks in Distribution system to abate methane emissions: Lessons learned from the first year of operation
    PG&E
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm  Networking in the Exhibit Hall
   
WEDNESDAY, November 6  
8:30 am– 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am– 9:30 am

Recap from Day 1 and Opening Remarks

Keynote Address

  • National Fuel Gas
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Renewable Natural Gas Projects
Experiences in implementing and assessing renewable natural gas projects

  • Dane County’s RNG Project
    Dane County, WI
  • Lessons from Lifecycle Analysis and RNG Production Experience
     Argonne National Lab
  • Landfill Gas Project 
    ONEOK
  • Monroeville Project
    Montauk Energy
10:30 am – 11:00 am Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Industry Initiatives Panel​ [Invited]

An opportunity to learn about and discuss upstream and downstream oil and gas industry-driven initiatives

12:00 pm– 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm– 2:00 pm 

Natural Gas STAR Partner Experiences

  • Methane Reductions from Flare Reduction
     Shell E&P
  • Gas STAR Partner Experiences
    Extraction Oil & Gas
  • Transmission Pipeline Blowdowns [Invited]
2:00 pm– 2:30 pm Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm EPA Greenhouse Gas Data - Update on Subpart W Data
U.S. EPA
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Service Provider Panel on Leak Detection

Heath Consultants
Hy-Bon
LaSen Inc
Pergam Technical Services Inc
Sierra Olympic Technologies
Southwest Research Institute

4:00 pm– 4:30 pm Closing Remarks and Workshop Adjourns
   
THURSDAY, November 7  
TBD Stakeholder Workshop: EPA GHG Data on Natural Gas and Petroleum Systems

Optional Site Tours

The following site tours will be conducted during the workshop. Additional details about these site tours will be provided as details are finalized. You may select a site tour when you register to attend the workshop. Participation in either site tour is free, however, boxed lunches are available for purchase.

Montauk Energy
Montauk Energy Monroeville

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

Montauk Energy Renewable Natural Gas Plant in Monroeville, PA

Monday, November 4, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be set up as needed.

This site tour will be 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 to be covered include landfill gas fundamentals, project development, gas processing, and pipeline injection. A representative from Peoples Natural Gas will be available to discuss RNG from the utility perspective.

  • Montauk will provide round-trip bus transportation from the Sheraton. Montauk will also provide safety glasses, ear protection, hard hats, and fire resistant overalls for participants. A long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toed shoes will be required. Participants should wear suitable footwear for muddy conditions, etc.
  • Boxed lunches are available for purchase.

Range Resources
Range Resources Marcellus Shale

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

Range Resources’ Marcellus Shale Operation in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Monday, November 4, 2019
8:15 am – 3:00 pm
Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be set up as needed.

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

  • Range Resources will provide round-trip bus transportation from the Sheraton and required personal protection equipment including hard hat, coveralls, and safety glasses. Steel-toed boots are NOT required; participants should bring suitable footwear for muddy conditions, etc.
  • Boxed lunches are available for purchase.

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station SquareBook Your Hotel Reservation

Reserve your hotel room by clicking the button below.  The rate is $119/night, which is below the $125 per diem rate.  Reservations for the workshop room block must be made by October 11, 2019. 

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Room block:  2019 Natural Gas STAR & Methane Challenge Workshop

What to Pack

Dress is business casual for the local weather. Average temperatures range from 35°F to 58°F. Check the local forecast.