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New EPA methane report adds fuel to fiery fracking debate



Published: Sun, April 28, 2013 @ 4:57 p.m.

New EPA methane report adds fuel to fiery fracking debate

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH

The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate that has divided environmentalists: Does the recent boom in fracking help or hurt the fight against climate change?

Oil and gas drilling companies had pushed for the change, but there have been differing scientific estimates of the amount of methane that leaks from wells, pipelines and other facilities during production and delivery. Methane is the main component of natural gas.

The new EPA data is “kind of an earthquake” in the debate over drilling, said Michael Shellenberger, the president of the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental group based in Oakland, Calif. “This is great news for anybody concerned about the climate and strong proof that existing technologies can be deployed to reduce methane leaks.”

The scope of the EPA’s revision was vast. In a mid-April report on greenhouse emissions, the agency now says that tighter pollution controls instituted by the industry resulted in an average annual decrease of 41.6 million metric tons of methane emissions from 1990 through 2010, or more than 850 million metric tons overall. That’s about a 20 percent reduction from previous estimates.


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1Metz10987(145 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Hmm what data did the EPA use. There own or the industrys. My guess is the latter so this study can not be trusted. After all th exact amount of methane produced is up to debate and will be for some time to come. It is fishy this study comes out now, another PR stunt for th industry and their supporters prehaps?

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2UticaShale(854 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Metz, you are right it is a conspiracy. They are coming to get you.

Man you need to get a life bro, get a girlfriend or something, stay away from knives.

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