Zefiro Methane to Accelerate Well-Plugging Operations Using Established Infrastructure in Light of New ACR Methodology
Zefiro recently gained plugging and abandonment capabilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia through the acquisition of an operator that was established in 1970. On May 24, 2023, one of the world’s largest carbon registries published the first-ever methodology allowing carbon credits to be earned from plugging orphaned oil and gas wells. As a result, Zefiro now plans to accelerate its well-plugging operations to reduce methane emissions, which the Company can capitalize on by originating carbon credits as an additional revenue source.
VANCOUVER, MAY 30, 2023 - ZEFIRO METHANE CORP. (the “Company”, “Zefiro”, or “ZEFI”) is pleased to announce that a first-of-its-kind methodology has been published by the American Carbon Registry (“ACR”) allowing carbon credits to be created from the reduction of methane emissions by plugging orphaned oil and gas wells in Canada and the United States. The ACR was founded in 1996 as the first private voluntary greenhouse gas registry in the world and has issued over 100 million metric tons of carbon offset credits, which is the equivalent of removing over 21 million cars from the world’s highways for one year1. In a press release dated May 19, 2023, Zefiro announced its acquisition of a majority ownership stake in Plants & Goodwin, Inc. (“P&G”), a third-generation family business with more than 100 employees that specializes in oil and gas plugging and abandonment operations in four U.S. states. By having an established well-plugging operation under the Zefiro umbrella, the Company is now positioned to originate carbon credits through the new ACR methodology, which can contribute to addressing the funding gap for plugging orphaned oil and gas wells, a deficit that is presently estimated to be in the tens of billions of U.S. dollars2.
In a press release dated May 24, 2023, ACR announced that it has officially approved and published Methodology for the Quantification, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions from the Plugging of Orphaned Oil and Gas (OOG) Wells. A well is considered “orphaned” when it is inactive (i.e., not producing oil or gas in any meaningful quantity), is left unplugged, and has no solvent owner of record. Many such wells in the United States have fallen into a state of disrepair and are now leaking methane (one of the most harmful greenhouse gases, over 25 times more potent than carbon), which can cause damage to the earth’s atmosphere and potentially harm those residing nearby. Although approximately USD $4.7 billion in funding was made available through the REGROW Act2 to plug orphaned oil and gas wells, a Columbia University report estimates that to plug just 500,000 wells could cost as much as USD $24 billion2.
Zefiro Head of Operations Matt Brooks (left) and Chief Executive Officer Curt Hopkins (right) are pictured at the site of a well-plugging project in February 2023. Under the ACR’s new methodology published on May 24, 2023, Zefiro will be able to originate carbon credits from plugging wells using its existing resources and capabilities.
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Zefiro Chief Commercial Officer Tina Reine noted, “ACR has shown commitment in the launch of this methodology. It moves the market forward with a much-needed framework for addressing methane emissions from leaking orphaned wells. Many of these leaks contribute to additional environmental problems including groundwater contamination. Additionally, the new methodology addresses the need for more avenues to create high-quality offsets within the voluntary carbon market. This methodology can scale emission reductions in a sector that seeks environmental solutions.”
Zefiro Chief Executive Officer Curt Hopkins commented, “We have long anticipated that a major carbon registry such as ACR would put out a methodology allowing carbon credits to be generated by decommissioning orphaned wells that are leaking methane, and we are excited about capitalizing on this opportunity. In the United States, there are currently fairly limited resources for plugging orphaned oil and gas wells in terms of labour, equipment, and expertise, which makes our recent acquisition of P&G all the more meaningful in the context of this development. With P&G now being a subsidiary of Zefiro that has more than 100 employees, an arsenal of heavy-duty equipment, and a legacy of more than 50 years and three generations of family operations in the Marcellus and Utica basins, I believe that we are very favourably positioned to establish a leading position in the emerging market segment of originating carbon credits by plugging orphaned wells. Zefiro’s management team consists of some of the earliest players in the carbon markets, including founding team members of J.P. Morgan’s carbon trading desk in 2008. By leveraging these combined capabilities, I believe we have an unprecedented opportunity to help institutions and corporations achieve Net Zero, as we work towards building a greener and more sustainable future.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
ZEFIRO METHANE CORP.
Curt Hopkins, CEO
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About Zefiro Methane Corp.
Zefiro develops methodologies to reduce methane emissions by plugging orphaned and abandoned oil/gas wells, while originating carbon credits. Under executive leadership to include the former carbon market team at J.P. Morgan, Zefiro actively deploys crews to decommission wells throughout the United States. With unprecedented global demand for carbon offsets as corporations and institutions work towards net-zero targets, Zefiro is strategically aligning with industry leaders for a greener future.
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