Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A report says Hilcorp Energy emits far more methane into the atmosphere than any other oil and gas producer in the United States.
According to Alaska Public Media, Nationally Hilcorp produces far less energy than Exxon Mobil however Hilcorp emits nearly 50 percent more methane pollution, according to the report.
Methane is the primary ingredient in natural gas and can sometimes be emitted from faulty equipment.
The report shows little methane escaping from Arctic Alaska, where most of the state’s oil production is located.
A leaking Cook Inlet pipeline contributed to Hilcorp’s high methane escapement, but Hilcorp’s larger methane problems are in the Lower 48.
The spokesman said Hilcorp buys aging assets and improves them but he said the emissions data does not give the company full credit for the improvements.