Volume 91 Issue 33 | p. 21 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 19, 2013

Study Finds High Methane Losses From Fracking

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: methane, natural gas, greenhouse gas

Methane emissions lost to the atmosphere during hydraulic fracturing operations in Utah are 6–12% of the amount produced, according to a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters (2013, DOI: 10.1002/grl.50811). That level of loss would nix the greenhouse gas benefit gained from substituting natural gas for coal when generating electricity. The study was conducted by the Cooperative Institute for . . .

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