Seeing CH4 Clearly: Science-Based Approaches to Methane Monitoring in the Oil and Gas Sector

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In early 2021, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology initiated an investigation into methane leaks and strategies for detecting them in the oil and gas sector. The purpose of the investigation was to inform the role of the Federal research and development enterprise in reducing and quantifying methane emissions.

Committee staff conclude that oil and gas companies are failing to design, equip, and inform their Methane Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) activities as necessary to achieve rapid and large-scale reductions in methane emissions from their operations. The sector’s approach does not reflect the latest scientific evidence on methane leaks. Oil and gas companies must change course quickly if the United States is to reach its methane reduction targets by the end of this decade.

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