For over 112 days, the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in California leaked 100,000 tons of methane into the air, according to the first study of the leak by researchers at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, UC-Irvine and UC-Davis.

The leak’s pollution, according to study estimates, is roughly equivalent to the annual emissions from half a million cars.

The largest source of methane in America comes from natural gas and petroleum, raising concerns that natural gas is actually releasing more methane into the atmosphere, both at the extraction and combustion phases and doing more harm than good, reports New Republic.

Read more at New Republic



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