New Research on Fracking Not Implicated in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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September 17, 2013

By  Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

Good news for some derived from a new research that found under examination fracking  has a null effect on climate.  This news comes within the wave of big boom in natural gas. The positive effect that the “New Study Says Fracking Doesn’t Contribute to Global Warming” can offer new information against the counter research that indicates the connectivity.

National Journal offers new information on “The study concluded that the majority of hydraulically fractured natural-gas wells have surface equipment that reduces on-the-ground methane emissions by 99 percent, although it also found that elsewhere on fracking rigs, some valves do allow methane to escape at levels 30 percent higher than those set by EPA. Overall, however, the study concludes that total methane emissions from fracking are about 10 percent lower than levels set by EPA.”

A year long study at a price tag of  “$2.3 million was conducted by scientists at the University of Texas, with funding provided by nine energy companies, including Exxon Mobil, and one environmental group, the Environmental Defense Fund. A spokesman for the University of Texas said that while the companies contributed money to the study, they had no input on the research or results, which were subject to independent peer review before being published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, one the nation’s most prestigious scientific journals.”

Research measured methane emissions from 190 natural-gas-production sites. They named the Gulf Coast, midcontinent, Rocky Mountains, and Appalachia as areas of focus. The University of  Texas team qualified their research as more extensive than that of Cornell’s.

The new study refuted some of the claim of the “2011 study by Cornell University researchers. The Cornell study concluded that “methane leaks from natural-gas wells actually made natural gas a more climate-unfriendly energy source than coal”. This research was timely as the U.S. President Obama  “has championed natural gas as a low-carbon “bridge” fuel to the future, green groups cited the Cornell study as reason that natural gas could become a climate nightmare.”

The authorship revealed their study to be robust and comprehensive.

The research comes at a time when oil and gas sector are contributing $81 billion in mitigating greenhouse gas emission technologies.

The importance is to produce more comprehensive research to determine the effects of natural gas on greenhouse gas emissions.

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