Environmental justice advocates say a methane plume seen last month from space is the latest evidence that fossil fuel emissions must be reined in.
Geoanalytics firm Kayrros SAS detected the plume of invisible greenhouse gas, which spanned 56 miles across Louisiana, Bloomberg reported.
It’s the largest concentration of the gas seen via satellite in the U.S. since last October.
A plume of such volume suggests an emissions rate of 105 tons of methane per hour.
A release lasting more than an hour at that rate, would have the same short-term environmental impact as yearly emissions from nearly 2,000 cars, Bloomberg reported.