The Environmental Scandal That’s Happening Right Beneath Your Feet

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Nov 6, 2013 · 28 min read

The only escape routes for gas were manhole covers.


Methane was leaking from an underground pipe and seeping into the ground above.

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Predictions for natural gas production, courtesy of the Energy Information Administration

But not everyone agrees.




Bob Ackley spent nearly 30 years working for the gas industry: now he’s switched sides.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWP_rbZILsI

The man was Nathan Phillips.




Map by Eric Fischer


It’s a fate that could be determined by the immediate warming impact of the gases we release to the atmosphere, and it is in the immediate future that methane is most dangerous.



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