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Methane is the ‘Next Big Issue’ for Oil and Gas in North Dakota

Methane emissions could be the “next big environmental issue” for oil and gas operators in North Dakota, according to the chief of the state’s environmental health section.

With federal methane regulations on the horizon, “it’s probably prudent to take a look at this and see what we can do voluntarily,” Dave Glatt said last week. “Just paying some attention to detail, mak[ing] sure valves and hatches are closed and that combustors on flares are operating, will reduce a lot of that on the operational end.”

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AP notes that methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas in the U.S., and oil and gas accounts for the majority of the emissions. (h/t to Politico Morning Energy [2] for pointing us to this story)