Four and a half months after a torrent of methane burst from a storage field owned by Southern California Gas Co., damaging the atmosphere and contributing to climate effects like beach erosion, wildfire and extreme hot days, a plan has been drafted for the company to largely repair that damage.
A giant stream of potent climate-warming gas – methane – is blowing hundreds of feet into the air in Los Angeles County for the seventh week. The release cancels out hundreds of smaller efforts over more than a decade to clamp down on escapes of the gas, a priority because in the short term, methane is a far more powerful climate-warming gas than carbon dioxide.
The Environmental Defense Fund released a report this week on the growing industry of detecting and reducing methane emissions. As drilling companies look to natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal, its main component, methane, is a cause for concern. Methane mitigation companies are turning this concern into profit and jobs.
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