2016 Shareholder Resolution
Company: Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Topic: Methane


We believe that reporting on environmental risk management makes a company more responsive to its shareholders who are seeking information on how the company is navigating growing regulation, evolving legislation, and increasing public expectations around how corporate behavior impacts the environment.

Companies in the oil and gas industry face risk due to intended and unintended emissions of methane gas from their operations. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the oil and gas sector in the United States is the largest industrial source of methane pollution and leaks more than 7 million metric tons of methane emissions each year.

Methane gas emissions are a significant contributor to climate change. According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), methane is a climate pollutant 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period and is responsible for one quarter of the global warming we feel today.

Methane is emitted by oil production and all sectors of the natural gas industry, including drilling, production, processing, storage, transmission, and distribution. Given that methane is the primary component of natural gas, reducing these emissions results in many environmental, economic and operational benefits.

Regulation surrounding methane emissions is growing. In August 2015, the EPA proposed the first-ever direct regulation of methane pollution for new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry.

Increased disclosure surrounding methane emissions management could improve public trust in oil, gas and pipeline companies. In a December 2013 research report, Research + Data Insights noted that if oil and gas companies provided disclosure on emission reduction efforts, they would have an opportunity to see a dramatic increase in public trust.

Methane emissions also represent the loss of a saleable product. A recent analysis by the Rhodium Group found that in 2012, about 3.5 trillion cubic feet of unburned natural gas, worth about $30 billion, was emitted globally from the oil and gas industry as a result of leaks and intentional releases.

Low cost solutions for methane reductions exist. A 2014 report by the consulting firm ICF International found that a 40 percent reduction in methane emissions by 2018 would cost $108 million a year in operational expenditures, working out to roughly one penny per thousand cubic foot of gas produced on average in the United States.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. has not provided adequate disclosure, in public filings, on its website, or through a report, that discusses the Company’s strategies to mitigate risk associated with the emission of methane gas from its operations.


Shareholders request that the Board of Directors issue a report describing how the company is monitoring and managing the level of methane emissions from its operations. The requested report should include a company-wide review of the policies, practices, and metrics related to Kinder Morgan Inc.’s methane emissions risk management strategy. The report should be prepared at reasonable cost, omitting proprietary information, and made available to shareholders by December 31, 2016.

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