About project canary
The U.S. oil & gas industry is changing its outlook on Environmental, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) issues.
An Existential Threat
Increasingly, companies, activists, regulators and elected officials are focusing on fugitive emissions of Methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as a possible contributor to greenhouse gasses.
The challenge for the industry is that many regulators and officials aren’t just advocating for improved control of emissions, but instead eliminating the use of natural gas altogether. From Berkeley to Boston, the use of natural gas as a heating and cooking fuel is being challenged. Some state governments are slow-walking, or even denying permits for new pipeline construction. Meaning, that even if they have responsibly sourced natural gas, energy producers can’t get it to market. The result can be infrastructure bottlenecks that depress commodity prices and impair economic returns.
The information and global economies depend on reliable baseload power. Although renewables are increasing their contribution to the overall energy need, current renewable energy sources are intermittent and unable to serve the needs of the modern economy independently. Oil and gas resources will be an essential part of the world’s energy mix for the foreseeable future in providing reliable baseload and transportation fuel.
E&P companies have come a long way in reducing fugitive emissions from only a decade ago. Infrared cameras, aircraft and satellites give operators a choice, but these methods are expensive and not continuous.
David Armitage, a geologist and serial entrepreneur, saw the writing on the wall and recognized this capability gap. He realized oil and gas operators needed an affordable and effective solution for raising their level of responsible resource development.
That solution is Project Canary – a continuous, rugged, simple and affordable system for accurately monitoring, detecting and fixing fugitive emissions leaks. The Project Canary solution works like a smoke detector for Methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), giving oil and gas operators real-time data and alerts. Operators using the Project Canary solution can quickly mobilize Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) resources to the locations where they are needed to fix leaks fast.
Project Canary units are popular! Since the first units were deployed, our flock has grown to over 700 and our scalable information infrastructure has captured millions of individual data points.
Importantly, the Project Canary solution is more than just sensors in the field, it is a comprehensive environmental information platform. This platform provides operators the actionable and reliable data they need to demonstrate responsible resource development, minimize risk and prove they are a good neighbor.
Chris Romer, President
Chris Romer is responsible for strategic management, business development, regulatory policy, and capital formation. He spent 24 years developing energy infrastructure and public-private partnerships with investment banks, including JPMorgan & Citibank, and was a leader in energy policy as a Colorado State Senator from 2006 – 2010. Chris is also a co-founder and senior advisor at Guild Education, Denver’s fastest-growing SAAS startup, where he has helped Fortune 500 companies partner with top universities to offer education as a benefit to increase employee satisfaction and retention. His background in energy, education, policymaking, B-Corp capital formation, and entrepreneurship is instrumental in achieving Project Canary’s mission-driven growth goals and customer service objectives. His passion is developing balanced energy policies to facilitate sustainable economic growth because there is no planet B.
Chris holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University.
David Armitage, Chief Innovation Officer & Scientist
David Armitage is Project Canary’s visionary and responsible for overall technical development of the Canary innovation. He is a serial entrepreneur for over 35 years, and has over 20 patents credited to his name. David is the founder of several energy tech companies, including:
Founder / CEO GeoGraphix. Acquired by Halliburton
Founder / CEO Qubit Technologies. Acquired by Tyco.
Founder / CEO Cartasite. Acquired by Geoforce
David holds a BS in Geology and Economics from St. Lawrence University.
William Foiles, Senior Director – Operations & Market Development
Will Foiles is responsible for market development, partnership building, financial modeling, clean gas market development, operations, and long-term data projects. His background in energy finance and work developing data acquisition technologies is vital to Canary’s long-term technology goals.
Will holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, an MS in Finance from Villanova’s School of Business, and an BBA in Real Estate from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
Jason Clark, Senior Environmental Field Technician
Jason Clark is responsible for the installation and maintenance of operational devices, communication with customer field staff, improving data platform functionality, maintaining midpoint inventory locations, hardware assembly and management of field technicians.
Jason brings over nine years of oilfield experience working with CalFrac Well Services and two other local oilfield service companies. His extensive oilfield experience includes performing a wide variety of services, including manifold setup, sand distribution, produced water hauling and transport supervising where he directly managed over 25 drivers on any given day. Jason’s knowledge of energy field operations and crew management expertise are vital to ensuring functioning devices over a wide area.