Ultra commits to 'responsibly sourced gas'

SUBLETTE COUNTY – UP Energy, previously Ultra Petroleum, announced Thursday its plans to certify its Upper Green River Basin natural-gas products as “responsibly sourced gas.”

UP is partnering with Project Canary of Denver to continuously monitor and certify its well-to-pipeline Pinedale Anticline and Jonah Field natural-gas operations, according to UP officials.

“As part of its environmental stewardship efforts, UP Energy seeks to produce TrustWellTM-certified RSG through Project Canary on 68 percent of UP Energy production during the first of three phases,” according to a statement from UP’s Kelly Bott.

UP Energy controls more than 117,000 gross (94,000 net) acres for exploration, development and production in and around “the prolific” Pinedale and Jonah fields.

The goal is to certify 100 percent of its production by the end of 2022, “which aligns with the company’s commitment to ESG leadership and sustainability excellence,” Bott said. “In addition, UP Energy will be piloting real-time, continuous methane emissions monitoring to test and advance the science of monitoring extremely low methane levels at highly controlled locations.”

The certified RSG natural gas will show UP Energy’s commitment to its high environmental stewardship and social standards, said UP Energy President Christopher Valdez: “This partnership reflects our commitment to be the Green River Basin’s best-in-class operator and our focus on delivering value to all of our stakeholders.”

Project Canary co-founder and CEO Chris Romer said its technology, also used by pipeline, midstream and utility companies, could “minimize or eliminate emissions across the entire energy value chain.” TrustWell TM’s certified RSG “is gaining market share and recognition,” Romer added.