Congressmen Marc Veasey & Carlos Curbelo Introduce Bipartisan Methane Emissions Research Bill to Help Reduce Leaks

Jun 8, 2017
Press Release
The Methane Emissions Mitigation Act would drive down the cost of leak detection technology and decrease environmental impact

Washington, D.C. – As part of an effort to increase efficient natural gas production and reduce environmental harm,  Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), introduced bipartisan legislation to spur innovation in methane leak detection and mitigation technologies.

Methane is the primary component of natural gas, which is used to heat and power millions of homes every day. Utilizing natural gas as a power source instead of coal can dramatically decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Yet despite its benefits, the methane leaks that sometimes occur as part of production and transmission have a negative environmental impact due to gas’s heightened heat trapping capability when compared to carbon dioxide. 

H.R. 2830, the Methane Emissions Mitigation Act, will address the technological challenges impeding effective methane leak detection by increasing research and development funding at the Department of Energy (DOE) to help spur private sector innovation through awards for breakthrough technologies. The bill will also establish a technology clearinghouse at the DOE for innovators to share technological advances and best practices to address escaped emissions with stakeholders.  

“Methane leaks are a problem for oil and gas producers who work to bring as much natural gas into the market, as well as for environmentalists who want to reduce emissions in order to fight climate change,” said Congressman Marc Veasey. “Our legislation will start to chip away at the high costs and current limits of leak detection technologies in order to increase efficient production while reducing emissions.”

“Methane leaks pose a challenge for everyone, and when they occur on public lands they not only harm our climate but also rob American taxpayers of lost royalty payments,” Rep. Carlos Curbelo said. “This timely legislation is a commonsense solution to combat GHG emissions while preserving profitability.”

A copy of the legislation can be found here.