Exxon Mobil is working on a new program to help reduce methane emissions and leaks from its U.S. oil and gas production and pipelines by installing environmentally efficient equipment and more leak-detection sensors throughout its onshore oil and gas operations.
XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, is heading the project, saying the company needs to minimize its impact on the environment and focus on reducing methane emissions, a major contributor to the planet's greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the U.S. Energy Department, the energy sector, including oil and gas production, is the largest course of U.S. methane emissions.
Exxon Mobil is also starting a three-year phase out of all of its gas-powered devices on its production equipment that control valves, pressure levels, and other operations. This equipment emits methane and is being replaced with equipment that uses compressed air instead as a way to lower emissions.