Colorado Jumpstarts Methane Leak Detection Industry

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is receiving increased scrutiny from the Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Colorado State University laboratory is testing aerial drones, specialty cameras, real-time sensors and gas detection lasers for their ability to detect and locate methane leaks into the atmosphere. The following excerpt is from a National Public Radio (NPR) transcript of a November 2, 2021 broadcast of Morning Addition. The full podcast and transcript are available at this link:

The oil and gas industry has a methane problem. That climate-warming gas often escapes from wells and pipelines. The Biden administration has just proposed new rules that will force companies to plug the leaks. Colorado did something very similar starting about seven years ago, and it helped create an entirely new industry – hunting methane.