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The U.S. oil and natural gas industry is releasing 60 percent more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, than the Environmental Protection Agency estimates, a report released Thursday says.

The study, published in the journal Science, found that crude oil and gas operations emit more than 28 billion pounds per year of methane, mostly from oil and gas wells, but also from other parts of the supply chain, such as storage and pipeline transport.

It estimates the leak rate from the U.S. oil and gas system to be 2.3 percent, compared to the EPA estimate of 1.4 percent.

The article goes on to state the following:

Methane, the main component in natural gas, is more potent than carbon dioxide because it traps more heat, although its greenhouse gas emissions are relatively short-lived in the atmosphere. Most climate scientists blame the greenhouse gases emitted from burning fossil fuels for driving man-made climate change.

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