How do we stop natural gas leaks?

Please help tackle two big challenges: Finding leaks and funding repairs

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The natural gas pipelines in the U.S. could circle the planet nearly 100 times. In a system that big, leaks are a persistent challenge, with significant implications for our climate.

We have detailed recommendations, but the basic challenges are straightforward, and you can help tackle them.

1. Map leaks in more places

With the methods developed in this pilot project, it's possible to identify and prioritize leaks far more quickly than before. And Google Earth Outreach's mapping tools are a powerful way to visualize the scale of leaks, showing the urgent problem.

If your area's leaks haven't been mapped, nominate it! This helps us plan where to map next, and shows local utility companies and regulators that you support reducing leaks. (If your city is part of the pilot, see your city page for next steps.) 

2. Speak up for improvements

We have to repair and prevent leaks. But once public safety is addressed it can be hard for utilities and state regulators to make the remaining leaks a priority—even though they pack a big punch for climate change. Leaks occur across the natural gas supply chain, from the well site to pipes under local streets. Some states and some companies are taking action. A national policy to reduce methane leaks everywhere would ensure that all sectors of the natural gas industry are doing their part to reduce pollution.

President Obama has spoken about the dangers of methane pollution, but now we need him to act to stop the leaks in the natural gas system.

That's where you come in: Tell the President methane pollution matters to you!

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