The massive methane leak in southern California is spurring calls for greater oversight of natural gas infrastructure nationwide. The Environmental Defense Fund says the federal government should look at a Colorado law that regulates inspection and maintenance.
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.
New video shows a cloud of bright pink gas over homes and rooftops in the southern California community of Porter Ranch. The cloud is a result of massive natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Field, owned by Southern California Gas.
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.
In just two days flying over oil and gas operations in Colorado’s Front Range, scientists found nearly three times as much methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as regulators estimated to be coming from the sites.
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