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Interactive Maps Track Methane Leaks in U.S. Natural Gas Systems

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is teaming up with Google Earth to track methane leaks from aging natural gas pipes across the United States. “Natural gas is often touted as being far cleaner than coal in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, but that depends on how much natural gas is leaked in the extraction and delivery process,” writes Tweed, a reporter with Greentech Media. “And unfortunately, there is little accurate historical data on just how much natural gas is seeping into the atmosphere.” Using interactive online maps, the project will begin by tracking methane leaks in Boston and Indianapolis, and on Staten Island.

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