How do we do it?
NW Natural partners with environmental advocates, academic institutions, fellow utilities and producers to identify best practices that can reduce the environmental impact of our product.
Where we source our natural gas
As we work to integrate renewables into the NW Natural pipeline system, the environmental practices associated with conventional gas production still matter. We consider the environmental performance of producers and production regions as one of the factors that guides our purchasing.
NW Natural sources natural gas from the most stringently regulated regions of North America: the U.S. Rockies (primarily Colorado and Wyoming) and Western Canada (both British Columbia and Alberta). These regions go above and beyond U.S. Federal regulations for natural gas production.
All Canadian natural gas and petroleum production works under the Environmental Regulation of Canadian Environmental Protection. These regulations:
- Reduce methane.
- Reduce waste of energy and water resources by industry and legacy wells.
- Reduce waste by produced water management and conservation.
The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission proactively reduces environmental impacts of production.
- Plugging orphan and legacy wells.
- Water management and conservation.
Colorado leads the nation in its commitment to fostering safe and responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas resources.
- Passage of more than a dozen precedent-setting regulations, including baseline groundwater testing and monitoring, and air regulations targeting methane leak detection and repair.
- Reduced impact of natural gas and petroleum production in the last decade.
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