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by Ingrid Lobet | inewsource

Four and a half months after a torrent of methane burst from a storage field owned by Sempra subsidiary Southern California Gas Co., damaging the atmosphere and contributing to effects like beach erosion, wildfire and extreme hot days, experts agree the company can largely repair that damage.

Livestock, landfills and gas lines all discharge methane, so each offers an opportunity for repair. There are others: Southern California Gas might also be able to switch out polluting equipment in disadvantaged communities or install rooftop solar. Some experts go so far as to call this a silver lining.

The 107,000 tons of methane that escaped from the damaged well reversed some of the progress California has made since it began to address climate change. But that calculation changes if Southern California Gas can address seeps, hisses and leaks of methane and other greenhouse emissions across the landscape.

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