Oil and Gas Operations Leak More Methane Than Previously Thought
The New York Times is reporting that a new study in Science shows that "methane emissions from domestic oil and gas operations are . . . 60 percent higher than the current estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency."
Methane is a greenhouse gas that some sources estimate to be up to 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The amount of methane lost during natural gas production comes to an estimated 13 million metric tons, which the study reports as "enough natural gas to fuel 10 million homes."
Read The New York Times's article here, and the Science study here.