13 Feb '18, 3pm

How to Reduce Methane Emissions From the Oil and Gas Industry Across North America

How to Reduce Methane Emissions From the Oil and Gas Industry Across North America

By Kate Konschnik and Sarah Marie Jordaan U.S. natural gas production has boomed in the past decade, driving gas prices sharply downward. Natural gas has become a competitive choice for electricity generation, edging out coal . Because gas contains less carbon than coal , greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have dropped, and the U.S. grid has become cleaner, more efficient and more flexible. More natural gas is also entering the power sectors in Mexico and Canada . But the low-carbon profile of natural gas doesn't tell the whole story. Methane , its primary component, is a powerful greenhouse gas. It leaks to the atmosphere from wells and pipelines , contributing to climate change and reducing the climate benefit of using natural gas. In 2016 U.S., Canadian and Mexican leaders pledged to reduce methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector 40 to 45 percent b...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/methane-emissions-us-2534478882....

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