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Alberta announces carbon levy-funded programs to reduce oilpatch methane emissions

Last Updated Sep 25, 2020 at 5:38 pm EDT

EDMONTON — Alberta has announced where it will spend part of the money it recently earmarked to reduce methane emissions from the oilpatch. 

Environment Minister Jason Nixon says $25 million will be spent helping companies buy emissions reduction equipment.

Another $27 million will be spent helping companies find, repair and measure methane leaks.

The money will come from Alberta’s levy on industrial greenhouse gas emitters, a type of carbon tax. 

Nixon says the program will help reach the province’s goal of reducing methane emission by 45 per cent below 2014 levels by 2025.

Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas, about 25 times more so than carbon dioxide. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2020

The Canadian Press