Natural gas burns cleaner than coal — producing less air pollution — and it accounts for more than one-third of electric generation in the United States.
However, if produced irresponsibly, it creates serious environmental and health risks, and wastes a valuable energy resource. We're working to make sure oil and gas are produced as safely as possible.
Advance and defend policies to reduce environmental risks
Why: While the oil and gas industry has made strides to reduce methane pollution, it's not enough. We need to defend federal policies and advance state policies that protect our climate and environment.
How: We're fighting for methane standards at state and federal levels.
Research the full impact of methane on the climate
Why: Uncombusted natural gas is mostly methane, which is much more potent than carbon dioxide. Until recently, no one knew how much of it was leaking into the air.
How: We are leading the effort to measure leaks across the supply chain, which will help us find practical solutions.
Use technology to find methane leaks
Why: Methane is colorless and odorless, making it hard to detect leaks. Emerging data-driven technologies are making the job easier.
How: As we plan to develop a satellite designed to pinpoint methane emissions, we partner with Google Earth Outreach to find leaks under streets. We also created a design challenge for new detection tools.
Ensure safe water and air for communities at risk
Why: People who live near oil and gas operations are at an increased risk of exposure to contaminated groundwater and air pollution.Photo credit: Flickr/facesoffracking
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