Watching Government: Curbing methane emissions

Fugitive methane emissions from natural gas operations are a significant global warming pollution source that should be reduced sharply, a new working paper from the World Resources Institute asserts. But experts discussing the issue Apr. 4 at WRI's Washington, DC, headquarters questioned whether its urgency trumps the need to properly measure actual greenhouse gas emissions before formulating regulations. "We need to understand not only where we've been, but where we are now," suggested Fiji George, Shell Exploration & Production Co.'s onshore science, policy, and regulatory advisor. "Natural gas is an immediate and available alternative to fuels which have bigger adve...

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