Great news from the University of Texas. The anti-fracking lobby cannot use methane leaking in their propaganda anymore:
Natural-gas drilling sites aren't leaking as much methane into the atmosphere
as the federal government and critics of hydraulic fracturing had believed,
according to the first study of emissions at multiple drilling sites.
The study, led by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and
published on Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is
likely to ease some concerns about the impact of natural-gas extraction on the
Measuring emissions at 190 sites, the study found less "fugitive methane"
than previous work by the Environmental Protection Agency and some university
researchers, which relied on estimates. Methane, the primary ingredient in
natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas.
Critics of fracking have contended that large amounts of methane leak from
gas drilling sites, with some suggesting the problem was so great that it would
be better for the environment to burn coal instead of natural gas.
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