Gas leaks worse for climate than thought, study says

June 21, 2018 in Financial Times

Methane escapes exceeded US government estimates by about 60%

Leaks of methane from the US oil and gas industry are about 60 per cent higher than government estimates, new research has suggested, heightening concerns about their contribution to global warming.

The scale of methane leakage from wells, processing plants and pipelines is central to the debate over switching from coal to gas for power generation © Bloomberg

The scale of methane leakage from wells, processing plants and pipelines is central to the debate over switching from coal to gas for power generation © Bloomberg