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California Pledges $300 Million to Tackle Methane Leaks

State aims to plug old oil wells, use satellites to track leaks amid broader US push to curb emissions.

The proposal includes $200 million to help plug idle, leaking oil wells.

The proposal includes $200 million to help plug idle, leaking oil wells.

Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images 

California pledged $300 million to tackle methane leaks amid a broader push by the US to curb emissions of the potent greenhouse gas.

The proposal includes $200 million to help plug idle, leaking oil wells and another $100 million for methane-detecting satellites. The satellites will help track global methane leaks from fossil fuel operations, landfills and agriculture.