Study shows EPA is underestimating methane emissions

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Photo: methaneAccording to a recent Harvard study, methane emissions could be two to five times higher than the EPA has been reporting.

Colm Sweeney is an atmospheric scientist at CU-Boulder and he co-authored the study.

He spoke to CPR’s Lesley McClurg about why the EPA could be underestimating how much methane is in the air.

THE BOTTOM LINE: If methane is leaking at high levels from oil and gas production then drilling for natural gas isn't greener than coal.