[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the January 2019 edition of Oil and Gas Investor. Subscribe to the magazine here.]

“We’re really changing the world.” The thought hit Jennifer Stewart, senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs for Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN), in Washington, D.C., while presenting at the World Gas Conference last June.

Stewart participated in two panel discussions on the importance and role of methane-emissions mitigation and strategies to improve companies’ environmental footprint. As the fourth-largest U.S. natural gas provider, Southwestern’s clean-burning fuel is being exported worldwide.

But her thought was tempered by realization that “climate benefits are only going to be realized if the industry as a whole addresses methane emissions,” she said.

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