The state’s Department of Environmental Protection said Friday that methane was “vented” during the intentional emergency shutdown of a natural gas compression facility on May 2.
Bluefield Technologies, a leading technology firm specialized in methane detection and tracking, was the first in the world to identify a significant methane release that occurred in Florida.
Bluefield’s BFX-2, an advanced emission detection algorithm, spotted the massive methane release in north central Florida on May 2, showing off its ability to use meteorological and other data sources to deliver precision greenhouse gas monitoring.
The detected release of about 300 metric tons of methane is equivalent to 25,200 metric tons of CO2.
Bluefield’s BFX-2 continuously analyzes satellite data from around the world, including European Space Agency Sentinel-5P – Tropomi methane data. The images below show the methane release occurrence on May 2nd and its drift on May 3rd.