The amount of gas flared (burned off) and vented (released directly into the atmosphere) in the U.S. hit a record high in 2019, according to the Energy Information Administration. The record releases, which spew methane, carbon dioxide, and other pollution, was driven by drilling operations in North Dakota and Texas, which accounted for a combined 85% of U.S. flaring and venting activity. American fracking operations are a major source of methane pollution, which itself is undercounted. Flaring has also been linked to negative pregnancy outcomes, along with other harms. (Axios)