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Strong New Methane Standards Would Stop Waste, Save Money, and Also Protect the Climate

November 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Standards and Savings

If you send a bucket to the well, you make sure it doesn’t have a hole in it first. You’re careful that the new milk carton isn’t seeping all over your refrigerator shelf. And you know that a dripping water pipe can mean big problems if you don’t get after it quickly. Leaks are messy, wasteful, and often costly.[read more]

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

October 25, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Fracking and the Risk of Methane Leaks

Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates methane. Researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”[read more]

Investors Voice Market Support for Methane Regulation

October 16, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Investors and Methane

 

A group of investors managing more than $300 billion in market assets sent a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Administration and the White House, calling for the federal government to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.[read more]

Emerging Jobs, Suppressing Leaks

October 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Leakage and Energy Service Companies

Finding and fixing natural gas leaks from the oil and gas sector now constitutes an emerging and growing industry, with the potential to create a large number and variety of well-paying jobs, according to a new report released by Datu Research.[read more]

Lasers, Circuit Boards, and a $30 Gizmo: Innovative Solutions to the Methane Problem

September 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Problems and Solutions

The technologies we see today didn’t all start out in the forms we’re used to. The phones we carry in our pockets used to weigh pounds, not ounces. Fast forward and now we're looking at a drunk-driver-and-alcohol sensor that was converted into a methane leak detector.[read more]

Finding Ways to Pollute Less, and Employ More

August 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Employment and the Environment

 

Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week.[read more]

The Complicated World of Methane

July 21, 2014 by David Hone
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As governments struggle to find practical routes forward with positive outcomes for CO2 mitigation, attention is turning to dealing with other greenhouse gases, particularly methane. A number of methane emission initiatives are now underway or being planned.[read more]

Four Of 10 Fracked Wells In Pennsylvania Are Projected To Fail

July 6, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Pennsylvania Fracking Well Risk

A major new study finds that, as suspected, it is new, unconventional gas wells that are far more likely to leak heat-trapping — and tap-water igniting — methane than older, conventional wells. Study after study has found consistently higher methane leakage rates from natural gas production and distribution.[read more]

Texas 'Fracking Contamination' Report Is an Embarrassing Media Blunder

June 12, 2014 by Steve Everley
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A news report from WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth alleges that recent tests “prove” fracking is to blame for methane in a resident’s drinking water aquifer. But the report does nothing to contradict the information showing that shale gas development is unrelated to the methane found in the groundwater.[read more]

Revisiting a Questionable Study on Shale Gas and Methane Leaks

May 9, 2014 by Steve Everley

For those who pay attention to the question over “methane leakage” from shale development, it was hard to ignore headlines describing research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which looked at emissions data from a series of flyovers in southwest Pennsylvania.[read more]

How to Count Methane Emissions

May 5, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Methane Emissions Measurements

In formulating policies to address greenhouse gas emissions, or evaluating the potential impact of different energy technologies on global climate change, one of the thorniest issues is how to account for the very distinctive characteristics of various different gases.[read more]

EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

April 17, 2014 by David Doniger
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The EPA recently took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month. The EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big sources of heat-trapping methane and other dangerous air pollutants from the oil and gas sector.[read more]

Catalyzing the Oil and Gas Industry to Clean Up its Act

April 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The oil and gas industry leaks a significant amount of natural gas into the atmosphere. Most of this leaked gas is methane, a powerful greenhouse gas pollutant. This leaked gas also represents a great deal of lost product for the oil and gas industry[read more]

Methane Leakage from Cows Higher than from Natural Gas Development

March 10, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Methane Emissions

Since the onset of the shale gas revolution, many have worried that emissions of fugitive methane — the main component of natural gas and a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide on a molecule-for-molecule basis — are eroding the climate benefits of switching from coal to natural gas.[read more]

Opportunity: Plugging US Oil and Natural Gas System Methane Leaks

March 6, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Methane Leak Opportunity

A new methane emission study released recently details sources and potential costs associated with reducing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas from US energy infrastructure. The study found the US oil and gas industry could significantly reduce methane emissions using existing technology[read more]