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Stepping up the technology to find methane leaks

Nov 2, 2021
The EPA has proposed new limits on methane emissions from oil and natural gas facilities, which already leak more than the agency estimates.
The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for oil and gas companies to find and fix leaks of the greenhouse gas methane. The technology for doing so includes lasers and drones.
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To control methane emissions, the EPA seeks better ways to measure them

Aug 23, 2021
Environmental groups argue that the oil-and-gas industry emits nearly twice as much of the greenhouse gas as the agency reports.
The EPA is hosting a workshop on methane-detection technology after experts said emissions have been underestimated.
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For dairy farmers, this technology turns methane from cow manure into cash

Jul 21, 2021
More farmers are turning to machinery that siphons off greenhouse gas and channels it into the natural gas supply.
A connector channel in front of a cornfield runs to a methane pipeline. In the background, a digester captures the greenhouse gas from manure.
Amy Mayer

Fact-checking the EPA's claim that oil & gas companies have an incentive to catch leaking methane

Aug 30, 2019
EPA justifies its rollback of methane emission regulations for the oil and gas industry.
The Hess Gas Plant in Tioga, North Dakota, as seen in 2013.
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Environmental groups prepare for fight over methane proposal

Aug 30, 2019
A Trump administration proposal to roll back Obama-era rules to limit methane emissions is likely to face multiple legal challenges.
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Country leaders hoping for cold reception at US-Nordic summit

May 13, 2016
With little time left in his presidency, Obama seems on a tear on climate deals.
President Obama listens as Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg delivers remarks during an an arrival ceremony for Nordic leaders in the Grand Foyer of the White House on Friday.
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A natural gas leak with seemingly no end

Dec 14, 2015
One estimate is that the leak is equal to the carbon emissions of 7 million cars.

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Methane leaks are pollution — and waste

Aug 18, 2015
The EPA is issuing rules limiting methane leaks in the drilling, production and transportation of natural gas and oil.

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