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California’s gas leak should spur Canadian action on methane emissions

The leaking Aliso Canyon well pad in Los Angeles County on December 17, 2015. Source: Pembina Institute; Earthworks.

The leaking Aliso Canyon well pad in Los Angeles County on December 17, 2015. Source: Pembina Institute; Earthworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new blog from the Pembina Institute makes an important point about the ongoing Aliso Canyon methane gas leak in California.

While the situation in California is definitely an important crisis, here in Canada we also emit huge amounts of methane every year:

“While the Aliso Canyon disaster has rightly been grabbing headlines, it’s a timely reminder of the much larger volumes of methane that are regularly released from all oil-and-gas operations — including those in Canada. Based on an analysis by the consulting firm ICF International, oil-and-gas methane emissions in Canada totalled 81.9 million tonnes in 2013 — that’s equivalent to almost seven Aliso Canyons. Those 81.9 million tonnes are spread across thousands of sources in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan’s oil-and-gas sectors.

“If what’s happening in California warrants a state of emergency, why aren’t Canada’s methane emissions considered a disaster? And why are we not acting faster to deal with the problem?”

Continue reading the blog post here. 

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