Chasing Methane

With Mark Bittman

Why this story needs to be told

After what I’ve seen in working on this story for months, a 1% leak-rate industry wide, country wide, that really seems laughable.

Mark Bittman

Spotlight Video

Mark Bittman talks about why he cares about climate change and his experience reporting for YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY.


Natural gas is being touted as “America’s energy source” and a way towards a cleaner, greener future.

In Chasing Methane, Correspondent Mark Bittman conducts a year long investigation to see if that’s true.


Wilmington, NC; Boulder & Ft. Lupton, CO; Ithaca, NY; Vernal, UT; Conway, AR; Washington, DC

Meet The Characters

It's [methane] less dirty than coal or oil by far. No question about that, but the problem with methane is that if it gets into the atmosphere without being burned it becomes a very potent greenhouse gas — worse than carbon dioxide, by far.

Tony Ingraffea, Professor of Enginering, Cornell University

No question, there's work to be done. But we can all waste our time about "is it 4%, is it 8%, is it 1%" or we could all just say 'I don't care what anyone thinks it is, let's go out and fix the problem'.

Mark Boling, President Southwestern Energy

Behind The Scenes

Science Behind The Story

Methane CH4, the primary component of natural gas, is a very potent greenhouse gas. On a 20 year timescale, CH4 is 86 times more powerful at trapping heat than CO2.



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