Colorado energy group fights proposed methane law on Capitol Hill


A Colorado environmental official and an energy industry representative disagreed sharply at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday over a bill that would limit methane emissions at oil and gas drilling sites.

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern is a member of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources.

The bill, called the Methane Waste Protection Act (H.R. 2711), was introduced in May by Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat.

Methane is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a contributor to global warming, DeGette said during the hearing. “But when it’s captured, methane can be used as a valuable resource,” she said.

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