Methane Leaks Erase Climate Benefit of Fracked Gas, Countless Studies Find


Fracking site. (photo: Eric Gay/AP)
Fracking site. (photo: Eric Gay/AP)

 

Joe Romm | ThinkProgress | Reader Supported News | February 18, 2016

 

racking is not good for the climate. Or, to put it a tad more scientifically, “By The Time Natural Gas Has A Net Climate Benefit You’ll Likely Be Dead And The Climate Ruined,” as I wrote two years ago.

New satellite data and surface observations analyzed by Harvard researchers confirm previous data and observations: U.S. methane emissions are considerably higher than the official numbers from the EPA. Significantly, the EPA numbers are mostly based on industry-provided estimates, not actual measurements.

While this new study doesn’t attribute a specific source to the remarkable 30 percent increase in U.S. methane emissions from 2002–2014, many other studies have identified the source of those emissions as leakage of methane from the natural gas production and delivery system.

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