The Times Leader LTE: Local natural gas explosion marks anniversary

February marks three years since the devastating explosion and blowout of a natural gas well in Belmont County, Ohio.

XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, was responsible for this tragedy. Sixty-thousand tons of methane were emitted from this incident, (more than many European countries release in an entire year), marking it as one of the worst methane leaks in U.S. history.

Methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming as it is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide.

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