Methane Emissions in the Canadian Oil and Gas Sector –
Current Science and Policy Implications

November 21, 2017
Richcraft Hall, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON


8:00 am – 8:35am Registration / Coffee
8:35 am – 8:45 am Introductions
Prof. Matthew Johnson, Energy & Emissions Research Lab., Carleton University
8:45 am – 8:50 am Welcoming remarks
Dr. Rafik Goubran, Vice-President, Research and International, Carleton University
8:50 am – 9:00 am Delivering on Canada’s Environmental Commitments
Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Morning Session: Methane Measurements in the Canadian Oil and Gas Sector and Implications
(Session Moderator: Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Canadian Press)
9:05 am – 9:10 am Session Opening
9:10 am – 9:30 am Methane Emissions for Two Oil and Gas Regions of Alberta: What the inventory says.  What an airplane says.
Prof. Matthew Johnson, Energy & Emissions Research Lab., Carleton University
9:30 am – 9:50 am Super-emitters at Canadian Production Sites: From Measurements to Mitigation
Dr. Daniel Zavala-Araiza, Environmental Defense Fund
9:50 am – 10:10 am Large-scale measurement campaigns of fugitive and vented emissions in British Columbia, Alberta, and  Saskatchewan: Patterns, and Opportunities
Prof. David Risk, Flux Lab, St. Francis Xavier University
10:10 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am – 10:50 am Methane Emissions from Oil Sands Surface Mining Facilities and from the Canadian Bakken Oil Fields
Dr. Shao-Meng Li, Environment & Climate Change Canada
10:50 am – 11:10 am Comparison of reported Provincial-level emissions of methane in Alberta and Saskatchewan with estimates based on atmospheric observations, Dr. Doug Worthy, Environment & Climate Change Canada
11:10 am – 12:00 pm Panel Discussion and Open Q&A:  What do the latest measurements mean for Canada’s efforts to regulate and reduce methane?
12:00 – 1:25 pm Buffet Lunch
Afternoon Session: Technical and Economic Challenges of Methane Mitigation
(Session Moderator: Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada)
1:25 pm – 1:30 pm Session Opening
1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Technoeconomics of Methane Mitigation at Oil Sites in Alberta: Implications for Achieving Reductions
Dr. David Tyner, Energy & Emissions Research Lab., Carleton University
1:50 pm – 2:10 pm Quantifying Cost-effectiveness of Systematic Leak Detection and Repair Programs using Infrared Cameras
Stephanie Saunier, Carbon Limits, Norway (via video-conference)
2:10 pm – 2:30 pm Fugitive Methane Emissions Monitoring in British Columbia: Progress Energy’s Operational Perspective
Julie Oxtoby, Progress Energy
2:30 pm – 2:50 pm Alberta Fugitive and Vented Emissions Inventory Study
Joshua Anhalt, Greenpath Energy Ltd.
2:50 pm – 3:05 pm Coffee Break
3:05 pm – 3:25 pm Comparison of Methane Regulations in Different Jurisdictions in North America
Drew Nelson, Environmental Defense Fund
3:25 pm – 3:45 pm Capacity and Opportunity for Growth in the Methane Mitigation Sector
Jackson Hegland, Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm Panel Discussion and Open Q & A: What are the technoeconomic limits and opportunities for methane mitigation in Canada?
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Reception