Category Archive: Climate impacts

Whistleblower: EPA Official Covered Up Methane Leakage Problems Across US Natural Gas Industry

Inspector General has been called by Durham, North Carolina, based group NC Warn to investigate scientific fraud that wasted crucial years in slowing climate crisis while risking safety of workers and communities. NC WARN filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the EPA on June 8, 2016, charging that a high-ranking EPA official connected …

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Anthropogenic and natural methane emissions from a shale gas exploration area of Quebec, Canada

Here methane emissions, computed from four potential sources (i. e. 1) groundwater degassing as a result of groundwater abstraction for domestic and municipal uses; 2) groundwater discharge along rivers; 3) migration to the surface by (macro- and micro-) diffuse seepage; 4) degassing of hydraulic fracturing fluids during first phases of drilling.), are reported for an …

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What is the True Cost of Fracking?

This neat graphic compiles some key figures in the context of fracking: Increase of oil and gas production, job creation, business growth, proportion of energy supply, BUT also quick peaking of fracked wells, impossibility of break even due to low oil prices, tremendous greenhouse gas footprint, huge water loss, groundwater contamination, earthquakes, and damage to …

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Fugitive emissions from the Bakken shale illustrate role of shale production in global ethane shift

Ethane is one of the most abundant, powerful greenhouse gases. This study found out that The Bakken shale in North Dakota accounted for 1-3% total global ethane emissions in 2014 These findings highlight the importance of shale production in global atmospheric ethane shift These emissions impact air quality and influence interpretations of recent global methane …

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Fracking by the numbers: Experience after 10 years

In a single year, fracking wells across the country released at least 5.3 billion pounds of the potent greenhouse gas methane, as much global warming pollution as 22 coal-fired power plants. This statistic is one of many in a new study by Environment America Research & Policy Center that quantifies the environmental harm caused by …

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Aerial surveys of elevated hydrocarbon emissions from oil and gas production sites

For this study the researchers performed helicopter-based infrared camera surveys of more than 8,000 O&G well pads in seven U.S. basins to assess the prevalence and distribution of high-emitting hydrocarbon sources. Key findings: The proportion of sites with such high-emitting sources was 4% nationally but ranged from 1% in the Powder River (Wyoming) to 14% …

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“Myths of US Shale Gas Supplies”

Dr. Robert Howarth from Cornell University, a leading expert on methane emissions as a driver of climate change, describes why a massive transition to natural gas by Duke Energy and other electric utilities is a disastrous strategy for the climate. Uploaded to youtube.com on Apr 4, 2016 David Hughes is a 32-year veteran of the Geological …

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