Colorado’s oil and gas industry to come under intense methane scrutiny

A man in a hard hat looks through a camera at a gas plant.



Oil and gas operators in Colorado are coming under more scrutiny, thanks to what is described as a first-in-the-nation methane intensity rule.

It means air regulators will begin patrolling the oil patches and the skies over them to look for how much methane is coming from the wells, tanks and pipelines.

Under the new state rules, the target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 26% n 2025, another 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050. The Colorado Sun reports it will soon be the first time regulators will attempt to add up all the methane emissions generated by the oil and gs industry in the state.

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