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Mexico’s Pemex Put Off Repairs Despite Vast Methane Leak

(Reuters) – Mexican state energy company Pemex put off urgent repairs and maintenance at an important offshore platform for months, resulting in methane spewing into the atmosphere, according to internal documents and three sources familiar with the infrastructure. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a much more potent driver of global warming in …

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Methane Emissions from Energy Sector Near Record High in 2023, IEA Says

(Reuters) – Methane emissions from the energy sector remained near a record high in 2023 despite a raft of commitments from the oil and gas industry to plug leaking infrastructure, a report by the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday. However, the agency said it was optimistic new satellites could help improve monitoring and transparency around leaks …

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Texas Challenges U.S. EPA Over New Rule on Methane Emissions

EPA rule combats toxic gas emissions from oil, gas industry Texas accuses federal regulators of ‘blatant overreach’ Bloomberg Texas, the nation’s biggest energy producing state, filed a complaint asking a court to block a new rule by the US Environmental Protection Agency that targets reductions in methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. State Attorney General Ken …

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How One Methane Scientist Influenced Biden’s Pause on LNG Approvals

Cornell University professor Robert Warren Howarth says methane emissions from American LNG supply chains make the fuel as bad or worse for the climate than coal. Bloomberg When the Biden administration paused approval of new liquefied natural gas export licenses in January, the decision was driven by a recognition that the climate impact from the fossil fuel …

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Google to Share Oil and Gas Methane Leaks Spotted From Space

Google and environmental group Environmental Defense Fund on Wednesday unveiled a partnership to expose sources of climate-warming emissions from oil and gas operations that will be detected from space by a new satellite. MethaneSAT will launch next month, one of several satellites that are being deployed to monitor methane emissions across the globe to pinpoint …

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U.S. Government Announces Intent to Fund Methane Reduction Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released a notice of intent on Friday to help fund projects aimed at reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors. The notice was issued to give applicants enough time to prepare their proposals and form partnerships if needed in anticipation of …

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U.S. Proposes Fee on Methane from Big Oil and Gas Producers

The U.S. on Friday proposed a fee on emissions of methane from big oil and gas producers as required under the 2022 climate law and as a backstop to wider regulations on the greenhouse gas from energy operations. The fee, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, applies to large oil and gas facilities that report …

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U.S. Approves $189 Million Loan for Real-Time Methane Monitoring

The Department of Energy’s loan office on Friday conditionally approved a $189 million loan to support the build-out of a methane monitoring network in key oil-producing basins that would provide real-time data for tens of thousands of oil and gas sites, which it estimates could prevent the equivalent of at least 6 millions tons of …

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