Volume 91 Issue 39 | p. 24
Issue Date: September 30, 2013

Measuring Methane Lost During Fracking

University of Texas study finds low greenhouse gas emissions from hydraulic fracturing
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: methane, hydraulic fracturing, fracking, University of Texas

The first peer-reviewed study based on direct measurements of methane emissions at hydraulic fracturing sites finds that the amounts of methane lost during drilling and natural gas production are far lower than indicated in previous studies. Furthermore, these levels are unlikely to trigger significant greenhouse gas concerns.

The well-site-specific examination, led by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, found methane emissions to be 0.42% of a well site’s gross natural gas production (Proc. Natl. . . .

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