Seneca Resources has a long history of environmental stewardship, safety, innovation, transparency, and community involvement. As an active exploration and production company for over 100 years, Seneca and its predecessor companies have worked alongside regulatory agencies and community leaders to foster a culture of respect for and protection of the environment. Our above-and-beyond stewardship includes 100% responsibly sourced gas designations, innovative technology, state-of-the-art water management, and a robust biodiversity program.
Seneca is committed to further reducing its already low methane intensity by continuing to develop and incorporate best-in-class controls and monitoring procedures, including:
Seneca monitors and reports on specific types of air emissions that are relevant to business operations as required by state or federal regulations. Emissions management and monitoring protocols are regularly reviewed. We also participate in several voluntary methane emission reduction programs that seek to reduce methane and other emissions beyond regulatory requirements by implementing best practices.
In December 2021, Seneca achieved certification of 100% of its Appalachian production, over 1 billion cubic feet of gross production, under Equitable Origin’s EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development, which includes five principles that encompass the entire spectrum of ESG:
• Corporate Governance, Transparency and Ethics;
• Human Rights, Social Impact and Community Development;
• Indigenous People’s Rights;
• Fair Labor and Working Conditions; and
• Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment.
In 2022, Seneca successfully completed the annual re-verification process, which is required to maintain Equitable Origin certification. Seneca demonstrated continuous improvement under each of the five principles and was identified as an
industry leader in many areas.
In August 2022, Seneca achieved certification of 100% of its Appalachian natural gas production under the MiQ Standard for Methane Emissions Performance at the highest certification level, an “A” grade. The MiQ Standard is an independent
framework for assessing methane emissions and practices for oil and gas facilities and is a credible way to differentiate natural gas production based on methane emissions. The score is based on how well operators deploy integrated technologies to detect, measure, and abate emissions. It also includes a detailed assessment of policies and work practices to prevent future methane emissions.
Seneca is committed to reducing methane emissions and continues to develop best-in-class emissions controls to reduce the methane intensity of our operations. We have set a target of a 40% reduction in methane intensity from our baseline 2020 year. We continue making significant progress toward our target by implementing a natural gas pneumatics replacement program, applying best practices to reduce venting throughout our operations, and leveraging our Sustainable Development Team to implement innovative ways to minimize emissions.
A program with specific best management practices that Seneca Resources has committed to implementing to reduce or eliminate methane emissions.
An industry-led organization to share best practices and new technology information relating to emissions controls with commitments to implement those controls.
In August 2021, National Fuel and its subsidiaries joined Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future) Coalition. This Coalition is comprised of natural gas companies that are working to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the value chain to 1%, or less. Additionally, National Fuel has committed to the Gas Technology Institute’s (GTI) Project Veritas as an Initiative Partner. Project Veritas aims to expedite methane emission reductions by developing transparent technical protocols for calculating methane emission methodologies and intensities across the natural gas value chain.
Seneca was the first company in the Appalachian Basin to use a bi-fuel drilling rig, and has since expanded that use to include bi-fuel frac pumps that use field gas in lieu of diesel as a fuel source. Seneca estimates that during these operations, it can run on field gas about 60% of the time, which drives significant reductions in emissions. The technology reduces energy and extends the life of equipment.
Seneca employs “green completion” techniques on nearly all Marcellus and Utica Shale development wells. Green completions avoid venting and flaring during a well’s initial production whenever possible to minimize emissions. 100% of our development wells in fiscal 2019 employed green completions.