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US leaks 60 percent more methane than government says: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The US oil and gas industry leaks 60 percent more methane than official government estimates, a report said Thursday, warning of this potent greenhouse gas's effect on the environment. US industry emits some 13 million metric tons each year, far more than the amount estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said the findings published in the journal Science. Researchers said the actual leak rate of 2.3 percent -- compared to EPA inventory estimates of 1.4 percent -- represents enough natural gas to fuel 10 million homes. read more


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