December 2013

Colorado BLM Field Office Takes Critical Action To Clean Up Oil and Gas Industry Methane Pollution and Waste (blog 12.19.13)

The oil and gas industry is the nation’s largest source of methane emissions, which annually are comparable to the CO2 emissions of at least 60 coal-fired power plants. These emissions not only waste valuable natural gas, but methane is also a greenhouse gas pollutant that is more than 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide over a 20-year time horizon. In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama recognized methane’s fundamental threat to our climate, stating that “[c]urbing emissions of methane is critical to our overall effort to address global climate change.” 

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