The law of holes states that when you find yourself in one, the first step toward getting out is to stop digging. But President Trump seems hell bent on digging us toward climate catastrophe, even as the hole’s ostensible beneficiaries — major oil and gas companies — urge his administration to stop.
New federal legislation could help Pennsylvania reduce methane gas leaks from natural gas facilities.
Methane is considered one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and roughly 520,000 metric tons of the gas is leaked by oil and gas facilities in the state each year.
The Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2019 was introduced in the U.S. House on Tuesday by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.
“We can pinpoint emissions down to 20 feet or so from the source to actually see where the leak is coming from. It will be the largest comprehensive survey of methane leaks in an oil field ever done.”
– Kairos co-founder and CEO Steve Deiker
New Mexico has been relying on a 2014 NASA snapshot of the Four Corners when it comes to the issue of methane emissions. And while NASA identified oil and gas field venting, flaring and leaks as the source in 2016, there are those who have blamed natural seeps from underground formations and coal mining operations, as well as bovine burps at the many dairies across the state.