January’s news coverage on methane was dominated by California’s massive methane leak. Let’s skip that for now and begin with some good news: it turns out that methane emissions from Australian cows were drastically overestimated. In lieu of cheers, let’s just say a collective MOO to that.
In other news, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced a new draft rule that would require oil and gas companies to capture leaked methane rather than flare it. Perhaps another MOO is in order?
Now for the bigger and more depressing news: methane is still spewing out of the Aliso Canyon, California, storage site. Even though the leak is slowing, it is unfortunately very difficult to fix and likely won’t be fixed until at least March. In response to the leak, some have questioned whether better technology could be developed to detect/prevent leaks? Hopefully March will bring better news on this topic. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out Carbon Visual’s interactive animation on the leak to help visualize and bring insight to the rate at which methane is being released.
January Methane News Round-Up
- 5 Facts to Know About the California Methane Leak (LiveScience)
- After At Least 2,300 Home Evacuations, Big Methane Leak Causes State Of Emergency (Climate Progress)
- Australian cattle methane emissions well below previous estimates (The Weekly Times)
- California’s massive gas leak prompts new interest in detection technology (The Guardian)
- Could Better Tech Prevent the Next Big Methane Leak? (NBC News)
- The World Is Hemorrhaging Methane, and Now We Can See Where (National Geographic)
- U.S. Moves to Limit Emissions of Planet-Warming Methane (The New York Times)
- Why California’s Massive Methane Leak Is So Hard to Fix (InsideClimateNews)
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