Articles | Volume 21, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 6605–6626, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-6605-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 6605–6626, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-6605-2021
Research article
03 May 2021
Research article | 03 May 2021

Concurrent variation in oil and gas methane emissions and oil price during the COVID-19 pandemic

David R. Lyon et al.

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The Permian Basin (USA) is the world’s largest oil field. We use tower- and aircraft-based approaches to measure how methane emissions in the Permian Basin changed throughout 2020. In early 2020, 3.3 % of the region’s gas was emitted; then in spring 2020, the loss rate temporarily dropped to 1.9 % as oil price crashed. We find this short-term reduction to be a result of reduced well development, less gas flaring, and fewer abnormal events despite minimal reductions in oil and gas production.
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