While methane doesn’t linger as long in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, it is initially far more devastating to the climate because of how effectively it absorbs heat.
In the first two decades after its release, methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Methane can come from many sources, both natural and manmade. But the largest source of industrial emissions is the oil and gas industry.
The United States is currently the largest producer of natural gas. As production increases, methane emissions increase as well. One of the largest sources of methane emissions, within the Natural Gas and Petroleum industry, is pneumatic device “bleed.”
Methane bleed varies from controller to controller, but some can bleed as much as 11-50 cubic feet per hour.