Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s gas pipeline businesses have significantly reduced and avoided releases of methane, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing pipeline integrity, making their operations safer, and reducing costs for customers through reductions in lost gas. We have developed methane reduction goals and track progress toward those goals; these goals are advanced through emphasizing leading practices and implementing strategies to limit methane emissions. The combined leak rate for Northern Natural Gas and Kern River in 2016 and 2017 was 0.053% and 0.046%, respectively. The leak rate is measured as a percentage of throughput and is significantly below the goal of the ONE Future Initiative of 1%.
Northern Natural Gas, along with all of the Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiaries, believes responsible environmental management is good business; it benefits our customers and improves the quality of the environment in which we live. Our policy establishes the environmental RESPECT principles that guide our corporate commitment to the environment.