Earnings from recovering fugitive methane are not always sufficient to justify voluntary action by gas producers. Since this PBS News Hour story aired in 2015: 1) the Trump administration has begun rolling back federal methane regulation; and 2) remote detection of methane leaks has become possible via satellite. Taken together, tech-savvy, market-based initiatives like MethaneScan are a particularly timely solution for averting catastrophic climate change.
Revealing true impacts of catastrophic environmental events could make the connection between disasters and financial risk from lawsuits or reputation loss much stronger ... Thus, the environmental externalities of these disasters, not just the direct loss in assets, may be more fully and immediately reflected in stock prices.