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Methane Cloud Spotted Near Oklahoma Natural Gas Pipelines

State and federal regulators say they don’t know who is responsible for the powerful plume on Jan. 3.

A powerful cloud of planet-warming methane was spotted earlier this month in Oklahoma near multiple pipelines and oil and gas wells.

State and federal regulators said they couldn’t identify the source of the methane, which is the primary component of natural gas and traps more than 80 times more heat than carbon dioxide during its first two decades in the atmosphere.