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11 May 2016

North Dakota’s Bakken oil and gas field leaking 275,000 tons of methane per year

Researchers found that 275,000 tons of methane leak from the Bakken oil and gas field each year, similar to the emission rate found for another oil-producing region, Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin. That’s the finding of the first field study measuring emissions of this potent greenhouse gas from the Bakken, which spans parts of North Dakota and Montana.