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Thursday, November 29, 2012

MIT study: Methane emissions from fracking lower than thought

A new peer-reviewed study by MIT researchers based on an analysis of 4,000 shale gas wells drilled throughout the U.S. in 2010 says that the amount of methane emissions caused by shale gas production has been largely exaggerated.

The study - Shale gas production: potential versus actual greenhouse gas emissions - found emissions levels closer to U.S. EPA estimates - and apparently higher than some industry claims.  It says that "Although fugitive emissions from the overall natural gas sector are a proper concern, it is incorrect to suggest that shale gas-related hydraulic fracturing has substantially altered the overall GHG intensity of natural gas production."  

The study provides support for the idea that natural gas can be our best available climate stabilization tool and underscores strong support for EPA's new methane emission regulations.

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