Landfill may burn gas again

MILAN The science of rotting garbage and the politics of global warming explain why a large gas flam
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

MILAN

The science of rotting garbage and the politics of global warming explain why a large gas flame soon will be lighting up the sky again at Erie County's landfill.

As trash at the landfill rots, it produces methane gas as a byproduct. The gas is collected at the landfill by pipes and vented into the air.

That's bad for the environment because methane is particularly potent among the group of greenhouse gas that trap heat inside the earth's atmosphere, contributing to global warming.