Methane leaks offset much of the climate change benefits of natural gas, study says

June 21, 2018 in the Washington Post

The U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year — nearly 60 percent more than current estimates and enough to offset much of the climate benefits of burning natural gas instead of coal, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.

Natural gas burn off near oil pumps in Watford City, N.D. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Natural gas burn off near oil pumps in Watford City, N.D. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)