Another study of methane emissions for oil and gas production – conducted in Colorado - suggests a leakage rate of between 2.6 percent and 5.6 percent – perhaps triple US EPA estimates.
No single study can be the last word on this critical issue. But leakage makes no economic sense, and is almost entirely avoidable, with the imposition of the right regulations. Indeed, as this must-read blog post from EDF points out:
There’s absolutely no reason to wait on establishing policy that pushes operators to cut emissions of methane system-wide and nationwide.So, what are we waiting for?