The Permian Basin — the planet's largest oil field — is leaking nearly three times
more methane than official estimates suggest.

Welcome to the

Permian methane analysis project

The Permian Methane Analysis Project (PermianMAP) is a new initiative that combines established data collection methods with state-of-the-art technologies to pinpoint, measure and report on oil and gas methane emissions in the Permian Basin.We’re sharing this data with the public so companies and state officials can take swift action to improve performance.

The Permian Basin

Explore regional methane emissions by operator on the interactive map below.
This tool provides methane emission data collected beginning in October 2019. This data is preliminary and will be updated through the end of 2020.

Operators and regulators have been notified about these emission events. Some emission events are temporary and may no longer be active or may have already been repaired. For a more detailed look at the data, visit the full dashboard.

WHY THIS MATTERS

Natural Gas is made of methane. Human-caused sources of methane, a potent climate pollutant, are responsible for at least 25% of the warming we feel today. Since methane is colorless and odorless, it often goes undetected.
13 MILL
Tons of methane emitted each year.

A study from the Journal Science estimates the U.S. oil and gas industry emits about 13 million tons of methane a year because of normal and abnormal operating conditions. That’s enough gas to meet the annual household needs of 10 million homes. A new report from the International Energy Agency says global oil and gas methane emissions may rise despite the dip in oil and gas demand, as both producers and regulators scale back staffing and oversight – leaving more leaks unnoticed and unrepaired.

The Permian Basin also has a flaring problem. Oil and gas companies often burn away the gas associated with oil production. Flaring natural gas wastes energy, worsens air quality and increases light pollution. Recent estimates suggest Permian operators burn off nearly a billion cubic feet of methane daily — that’s $2.6 million worth of natural gas every day.

$2.6 MILL
Worth of natural gas burned off daily.

WHAT WE'RE FINDING

We've found remarkably large emissions in the Permian Basin, equal to 3X the national average.
11%
Flares surveyed were not operating properly.

However, while some areas have massive methane plumes, others have very low emissions, indicating that it’s possible to avoid methane emissions when facility-wide controls are designed and properly maintained.

The methane data we’re collecting will be updated periodically to give users a current emissions snapshot. By integrating new data at regular intervals, we will generate a never-before-seen view of the region’s emissions that can help inform mitigation.

3X
higher emissions than the national average.

HOW TO FIX IT

There are many cost-effective technologies and known solutions for keeping methane in the system and out of the atmosphere. These include better leak management practices and replacing high-emitting equipment.

It’s why several oil and gas companies, a handful of which operate in the Permian Basin, are already making bold commitments to reduce methane.

Scaling these practices industry-wide and deploying solutions now is the opportunity.