“We can pinpoint emissions down to 20 feet or so from the source to actually see where the leak is coming from. It will be the largest comprehensive survey of methane leaks in an oil field ever done.”
– Kairos co-founder and CEO Steve Deiker
New Mexico has been relying on a 2014 NASA snapshot of the Four Corners when it comes to the issue of methane emissions. And while NASA identified oil and gas field venting, flaring and leaks as the source in 2016, there are those who have blamed natural seeps from underground formations and coal mining operations, as well as bovine burps at the many dairies across the state.
And while environmentalists maintain producers are wasting about $275 million in natural gas annually through leaking, venting and flaring, industry representatives say companies have been systematically reducing emissions on their own.