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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

NETL, NIOSH to study air emissions form shale gas drilling

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will study the potential impacts of shale gas production on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions

According to a NETL announcement, the research will enable the development of modeling tools, assist researchers in analyzing greenhouse gas lifecycle emissions, and inform local, regional, state, and federal actions to improve air quality and reduce emissions from shale gas development.

NIOSH will join the Multi-Agency Collaboration on Unconventional Oil and Gas Research, a cross-functional team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, and Environmental Protection Agency.  The team was created by Presidential executive order to evaluate health and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing and shale gas extraction.

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