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Oil prices went negative briefly two weeks ago, but the U.S. is still producing near-record amounts of oil, more than 12 million barrels a day. About 30% of U.S. domestic oil (and 10% of domestic natural gas) production is coming from the Permian Basin of western Texas and southeastern New Mexico, shown in the light purple box on this map. However, an analysis of satellite data shows the petroleum industry operating in the Permian Basin is also generating the highest levels of methane (a greenhouse gas 80 times as potent at CO2) ever recorded in a U.S. oil- and gas-producing region. More than 2.5 teragrams of methane, representing nearly 4% of the region's natural gas production, leaked into the atmosphere in the year ending March 2019, more than double the amount detected the prior year. www.sciencenews.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/042220_cg_methane_inline1_680_desktop.png (Map from Science News:
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