September 20, 2021

Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Industry Can't Wait, Experts Say

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Stray methane, with 25 times the warming power of carbon dioxide, is a sneaky pollutant that is hard to track and regulate. While exact measurements of methane emissions from the natural gas industry are still being calculated, experts stress that emissions standards are needed now. President Biden has reinstated methane restrictions established under President Obama, and Biden’s EPA is expected to propose stricter methane limits for the fossil fuel industry in the near future.

Kate Konschnik, director of the Nicholas Institute's Climate and Energy Program, told the Casper Star-Tribune that regulations would ideally target operators’ methane outputs. However, more research is needed to accurately estimate companies’ emissions for an output-based program, she said.