"Methane Emissions From Gas Flaring Being Hidden From Satellite Monitors"

"Use of enclosed combustors leaves regulators heavily reliant on oil and gas companies’ own flaring data".

"Oil and gas equipment intended to cut methane emissions is preventing scientists from accurately detecting greenhouse gases and pollutants, a satellite image investigation has revealed.

Energy companies operating in countries such as the US, UK, Germany and Norway appear to have installed technology that could stop researchers from identifying methane, carbon dioxide emissions and pollutants at industrial facilities involved in the disposal of unprofitable natural gas, known in the industry as flaring.

Flares are used by fossil fuel companies when capturing the natural gas would cost more than they can make by selling it. They release carbon dioxide and toxic pollutants when they burn as well as cancer-causing chemicals."

Tom Brown and Christina Last report for the Guardian May 2, 2024.

Source: Guardian, 05/03/2024