Colorado Public Radio 08/18/15
The Environmental Protection Agency issued rules Tuesday aimed at cutting methane emissions coming from the oil and gas industry, but they’re unlikely to have much impact on Colorado. Under the proposal, the oil and gas sector would have to reduce greenhouse gas releases by 40 to 45 percent over the next decade, compared to 2012 levels.
To do that, the EPA will require companies to monitor methane emissions, fix leaks and install technologies that limit the release of the greenhouse gas. Methane is a target for regulators and scientists because of its power to warm the planet. While carbon dioxide is by far the most common contributor to climate change, methane is 25 times more potent. READ MORE