The development of oil and gas is governed by local, state, and federal air quality regulations. These regulations establish emissions limits, emissions control requirements, monitoring, testing, record-keeping, and reporting requirements to protect and maintain air quality. We are committed to meeting or exceeding these regulations and continuously seek out new ways to minimize the emissions generated by our operations.
At Carrizo, we utilize green completions, better known as reduced emissions completions, in all our operations across all our assets. Green completions are designed to recover natural gas produced during completion operations and eliminate or significantly reduce the need for flaring. In this way, they minimize the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and methane during well completions. As a result, we flare as little gas as possible and strive to turn the gas to sales as soon as production begins. When we do flare gas, it is burned in highly-efficient, specialized combustors that convert the methane into water and carbon dioxide. This results in a far lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) as methane is believed to cause 25x as much warming as an equivalent mass of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. We also have a policy against venting produced gas under any circumstance.
We take pride in being proactive regarding emissions control. The first step is designing our facilities in a manner that minimizes emissions. We use vapor recovery towers to reduce associated gas in production tanks, where warranted. We then use vapor recovery units when there is enough gas recovered in the towers to be economically sold. We also equip our dehydration units with BTEX condenser systems, which further eliminate the release of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) into the atmosphere. We also control liquid load-out from tanks and route vapors to flares, if required.
The next step is monitoring our equipment and facilities. In Colorado and Texas, which account for the majority of our oil production, we implemented a fugitive monitoring program prior to it being required and the program now covers all of our operations. As part of our program, we voluntarily monitor our equipment for emissions leaks more frequently than required by existing regulations. Through our fugitive gas emissions program, we are able to identify and address areas of possible fugitive emissions containing VOCs and methane.
At Carrizo, we take the monitoring of our emissions very seriously. Daily monitoring of emissions is done by audio, visual, and olfactory (AVO) practice through our Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) Program. This program covers all of our oil and gas facilities in the Eagle Ford, Delaware, Niobrara, Marcellus, and Utica. This includes all wells, separation equipment, storange tanks, flowlines, dehydration units, piping, and ancillary equipment from the wellhead to the sales meter at over 120 sites across our assets. If leaks are discovered, an immediate attempt to repair is made. If an immediate repair cannot be done, the leak is documented and a scheduled repair is done as soon as possible.
We have employed the use of forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras at our facilities in order to aid in regular monitoring of emissions and have in-house camera technicians to perform the monitoring. While LDAR programs are now required in many areas, we first began using FLIR cameras at our facilities before it was required.
By the nature of our business and operations, produced fluids including water and oil are frequently removed from the wellsites using large trucks. Reducing truck traffic can have a materially positive impact on the environment and on surrounding communities. Carrizo has initiated an active truck reduction program that has significantly reduced oil and water truck traffic. In our Eagle Ford operations, over 60% of our oil is currently transported via pipelines, helping to keep 120-130 truckloads per day off local roads. We are working on pipeline projects that will transport an additional 20% of produced oil by the end of 2016, which will remove an additional 40-50 truckloads per day helping to further reduce vehicle emissions.
In 2015, Carrizo launched an initiative to substantially reduce the volume of produced water in South Texas being trucked to disposal sites by directly connecting central production facilities to disposal sites with pipelines. As of mid-2016, approximately 50% of produced water from Carrizo-operated Eagle Ford wells is transported via saltwater disposal pipeline to water disposal facilities. This is equivalent to removing 40-50 truckloads per day, which has resulted in a large reduction in emissions, fuel usage, and impact on local roads.
Our goal is to transport approximately 70% of produced water via pipelines to disposal sites, which would further reduce the number of trucks used in our operations. Additionally, we utilize multi-well pads and pipeline gathering systems in our operations. While this results in efficiencies in our operations, it also reduces truck traffic during the drilling and completion operations, which in turn reduces emissions. We hope to begin a similar initiative in West Texas as activity continues to ramp up. We currently have minimal drilling activity planned for 2016 in our Colorado, Ohio, and Pennsylvania operations. Thus, we do not have any near-term plans to install pipelines for saltwater disposal in those areas.
We currently use pipelines to transport water to our facilities for completion operations. This also helps keeps a significant amount of trucks off the road.
We seek to minimize our emissions by using energy efficient equipment at all our facilities. Examples of this include solar arrays to power meters at our production facilities and natural-gas-powered or lean-burning engines in our operations. We also use low-emission engines for a large number of compressors in each play.
Carrizo began reporting greenhouse gas emissions to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011. We are able to quantify and calculate the volume of emissions by using air quality modeling software, as well as EPA-published emission factors and calculations. Our reported greenhouse gas emissions are made available to the public and can be found on the EPA FLIGHT (Facility Level Information on Greenhouse Gases Tool) system.