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Russia’s Gazprom Released Five Methane Plumes During Pipe Repairs

The emissions, which were detected by satellite, underscore the climate dangers of relying on Russian gas 

Gazprom PJSC released five clouds of super-warming methane gas last month while conducting repairs, highlighting the global warming impact of Russian natural gas European countries want to wean themselves off in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

The plumes were identified in European Space Agency Sentinel-5P satellite data by Kayrros SAS. The geoanalytics firm said the data appeared to show a spike in emissions over Russia on March 15 and 18. At least eight other methane clouds were detected in the country over the period which Kayrros attributed to the oil and gas sector but Gazprom said weren’t near its facilities.