While the nation’s energy sector has made significant strides to increase the efficiency of our natural gas systems in recent years, leaking methane continues to harm the economy and the environment. The energy sector leaks dangerous and wasteful pollutants into our air from oil and natural gas wells, pipelines, tanks and other equipment. These can be due to accidental releases, but often are due to outmoded practices and obsolete technology.
In Ohio alone, natural gas producers reported wasting more than 13,000 metric tons of methane. This is enough natural gas to heat nearly 8,500 Ohio homes and this number is likely an underestimate because only large oil and gas operations are required to report their emissions, but methane leaks can occur from wells and equipment of all sizes. Reducing methane leaks in the oil and gas sector will cut down on this waste while creating quality jobs, protecting workers and helping address climate change.
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