SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University researchers have found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems across the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years.
The researchers pointed to upgrades in metering and regulating stations, changes in pipeline materials, better instruments for leaks and regulatory changes for dropping methane emissions from 36 percent to 70 percent.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: When Could You See Another Economic Relief Payment?
The study showed significant variation by region, with some areas showing higher than average emissions because of large differences in the age and type of pipe.READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Why Your Next Relief Payment May Not Be $1,400
The study was published Tuesday in Environmental Science & Technology.
With a series of partner studies, it is helping to determine the natural gas industry’s contribution to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.MORE NEWS: Third Stimulus Check: How Could The Economic Relief Package Put More Money In Your Pocket?
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