In this June 12, 2014 file photo, oil pumps and natural gas burn off in Watford City, N.D. Methane emissions will likely be the next big environmental issue to face North Dakota’s booming oil industry according to a top official at the state’s Department of Health. (AP)
August 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Methane Emissions Draw EPA Limits
The EPA says methane may be more dangerous than CO2 for global warming. Wants to clean up drilling wellheads. There’s a fight on.
Cows make a lot of it, when they make cow pies. The oil and gas industry makes more. Methane It’s the gas that escapes and bleeds off of oil and gas drilling sites, wellheads, processing plants, distribution lines. It’s a super global-warmer when it hits the atmosphere – 25 times more potent there than the big global culprit carbon dioxide, CO2. Now the Obama administration, through the EPA, wants to start to rein in that methane leakage from oil and gas production. It’s a big deal at the drilling site, and for the climate. This hour On Point: putting the plug in methane.
– Tom Ashbrook
Anthony Marchese, director of the Engines and Energy Conservation Laboratory and professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University. Lead author, “Methane Emissions From the United States Natural Gas Gathering and Processing.”
Conrad Schneider, advocacy director at the Clean Air Task Force.
Howard Feldman, director of regulatory and scientific affairs at the American Petroleum Institute.