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April 17, 2020, 10:00 AMUpdated: April 17, 2020, 6:52 PM

EPA Estimate Undercounts Methane Emissions: Environmentalists (1)

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

The EPA’s 2020 inventory of greenhouse gas emissions includes a change that sharply undercounts methane emissions from facilities that gather and send natural gas to processing plants and transmission pipelines, environmental groups claim.

Under the change, the Environmental Protection Agency is using emissions estimates taken from individual pieces of equipment, which walks back an Obama-era way of estimating emissions drawn from an entire gathering station site, said Laura Zachary, associate director of energy and climate consulting firm Apogee Economics and Policy.

The new method may be more detailed but less accurate because it can overlook very large emission ...

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