West Elk Mine to Begin Methane Flaring This Summer

West Elk Mine to Begin Methane Flaring This Summer

After years of lawsuits from conservationists and pressure put on by local stakeholders, Colorado’s largest industrial methane polluter will capture and burn off the potent greenhouse gas. Mountain Coal, the owner of the West Elk Mine near Paonia, hopes to reduce the mine’s emissions by at least 85 percent.