Go read this investigation into major methane leaks in Texas and New Mexico

Permian Basin In West Texas In The Spotlight As Oil Prices Soar
In an aerial view, oil pumpjacks work in the Permian Basin oil field on March 12, 2022 in Crane, Texas. | Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Scientists and journalists are on the hunt for methane spewing out of oil and gas infrastructure in the US. The leaking methane is invisible to the naked eye, but a recent investigation by The Associated Press — with help from NASA and other researchers — helps expose the huge scale of the problem.

In the Permian Basin, a major oil- and gas-producing area spread across Texas and New Mexico, they revealed hundreds of “super-emitting” sites gushing methane. Methane is the primary component of “natural gas” and is even more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere. Using some neat tech, Carbon Mapper — the group of academic and nonprofit researchers working alongside NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory —…

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Author: Justine Calma