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Methane leaks far surpass previous estimates

from Environment & Energy Publishing

Emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry vastly exceed federal government estimates, according to a definitive study published Dec. 7. The study finds that daily leaks of the potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas wells in Texas' Barnett Shale matched the annual emissions of 8,000 cars. Meanwhile, in California's Aliso Canyon, a natural gas storage site has leaked at least 800,000 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalents of methane since Oct. 23, equal to the annual emissions from 168,421 cars. more


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