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The Leaky Legacy Of Dying Natural Gas Wells

 A winter sunrise surrounds an oil well in the South Cuyama Oil Field
A winter sunrise surrounds an oil well in the South Cuyama Oil Field

Many people think of natural gas as a greener alternative to burning coal for fuel because it produces less carbon dioxide. But many old oil and gas wells are actually leaking methane, whichis much more efficient at heating our atmosphere. 

There are hundreds of thousands of these wells across the U.S. that don’t produce much oil or gas, but one company is buying them up anyway. 

We’ll talk about why that is, and why these old wells are a big deal for our climate crisis.

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