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Natural gas: what's (not) in the pipeline?

Methane leaks throughout the entire natural gas supply chain can undermine the climate benefits of its increased usage. This is because methane, the main component in natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas when it escapes into the air during the production, delivery and use of natural gas. Local distribution is one segment of the system where leaks can occur. Panelists will discuss capacity to detect and react to elusive methane leaks in natural gas local distribution systems. Regulatory and industry experts, as well as voices from the science and tech communities, will explain how modern leak detection technologies can help utilities find and prioritize pipeline repair for leaks that present an environmental concern and explain how addressing these leaks will affect industry, policy and the environment. This panel demonstrates how entities with varying interests can align to help solve a pressing climate concern.


  1. Discover how detecting and mitigating fugitive methane emissions from the natural gas supply has the potential to slow the rate of climate change within our lifetimes.
  2. Explore how emerging technologies could help energy developers reduce the harmful environmental impacts of natural gas distribution.
  3. Understand how new technologies can improve gas utility transparency with the public, help prioritize pipeline repairs, and guide decisions that could benefit the economy and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Explore how sensor technology can be used to create transparency and help natural gas companies achieve credibility with the public.



Kelsey Robinson, marketing and communications specialist, Environmental Defense Fund

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