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Natural Gas Building Boom Fuels Climate Worries, Enrages Landowners

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Oil pump jacks work behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D., in 2014. The oil and gas industry is lobbying lawmakers to repeal a rule that aims to limit the emissions of methane, the chief component of natural gas. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Inside The Debate Over Repealing Curbs On Methane Leaks

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NET Power has built carbon capture technology into its power plant outside Houston, which will generate electricity by burning natural gas. The demonstration project should be fully operational later this year, according to NET Power. Courtesy of NET Power hide caption

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Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal's Market, Using 'Clean' Technology

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Workers move equipment at a natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in 2010. A federal report said Thursday natural gas production is on track to make the U.S. a net exporter of energy by about 2030. Ralph Wilson/AP hide caption

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A natural gas drilling rig's lights shimmer in the evening light near Silt, Colo. Methane is the main component of natural gas, and studies show some methane escapes from leaky oil and gas operations. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Methane's On The Rise, But Regulations To Stop Gas Leaks Still Debated

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Across the Ohio River from Powhatan Transportation Center — owned by Murray Energy — is a power plant that services mines in West Virginia. Jessica Cheung/NPR hide caption

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In Ohio Coal Country, Job Prospects Lie With Neither Coal Nor Trump's Promises

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Crews work to stop a gas leak at a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility in Los Angeles in December 2015. A federal interagency task force has released dozens of pipeline safety recommendations to prevent another leak. Dean Musgrove/AP hide caption

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A contractor prepares to cut off the top of a coal bed methane well near Gillette, Wyo., in 2015. It's one of thousands of abandoned, plugged wells sprinkled throughout Wyoming and Colorado. Stephanie Joyce/Wyoming Public Media hide caption

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Danger Below? New Properties Hide Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells

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The coal plant in Shamokin Dam, Pa., is a local landmark that delivered electricity to this region for more than six decades. It closed in 2014. Next to it, a brand new natural gas power plant is under construction. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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From The Ashes Of Some Coal Plants, New Energy Rises

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A woman attends a public hearing about the gas leak before the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The agency has ordered Southern California Gas Co. to permanently shut down the well, and is suing the company for negligence. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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A Porter Ranch resident wears a gas mask during a protest Saturday outside a meeting of the Air Quality Management Board over the Aliso Canyon gas leak. The leak started in October and has forced thousands of residents to flee from the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch. Regulators have ordered the gas company to shut down the leaking well; some residents want the entire facility shuttered. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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LISTEN: Ingrid Lobet On The Technology Of The Leaking Well

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This photo taken Nov. 3, 2015, shows SoCalGas crews and technical experts attempting to safely stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility's Aliso Canyon facility in Los Angeles. Efforts to plug the well appear to have destabilized it, the Los Angeles Times reports. Javier Mendoza/AP hide caption

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