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Thursday, April 4, 2013

WRI working paper on methane emissions a must-read

The World Resources Institute has just released this must-read working paper: Clearing the Air: Reducing Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Natural Gas Systems that presents straightforward solutions to the crucial problem of minimizing fugitive methane emissions from natural gas production. 

The measures urged by WRI include
requiring “Green Completions” of natgas wells, applying existing technologies that minimize emissions, detect, and repair leaks, and using existing legal authority like the federal Clean Air Act to drive further reductions.

WRI’s paper is an essential document.  We must go further - and minimize high leakage rates in natgas distribution infrastructure.

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