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Methane leaks from natural gas systems follow extreme distributions

Natural gas production site equipment with methane leak shot with a FLIR camera.

Even relatively small leaks from the natural gas system can create large climate concerns because natural gas is comprised mostly of methane (CH 4 ), a gas with high global warming potential (GWP, ~34 times that of CO 2 over 100 years, ~86 times on a 20-year basis). Using a very big sample, this study …

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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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Temporal variation in groundwater quality in the Permian Basin of Texas, a region of increasing unconventional oil and gas development

In this study the researchers found that some constituents of frack fluids remained stable over time, but others experienced significant variation over the period of study. Notable findings include significant changes in total organic carbon and pH along with ephemeral detections of ethanol, bromide, and dichloromethane after the initial sampling phase. These data provide insight …

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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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2016 One-Year Seismic Hazard Forecast for the Central and Eastern United States from Induced and Natural Earthquakes

Increased seismic activity, whether defined as induced or natural, produces high hazard. Conversion of ground shaking to seismic intensity indicates that some places in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas may experience damage if the induced seismicity continues unabated. The chance of having Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) VI or greater (damaging earthquake shaking) …

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Contribution of oil and gas production to renewed increase in atmospheric methane

This new study corroborates the evidence that the current oil and gas production boom is driving the increased presence of the powerful green house gas methane in the atmosphere. Besides increased methane emissions from tropical wetlands, the previously grossly underestimated rate of leaking methane from fossil fuel production, namely by hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), is aggravating …

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A large increase in US methane emissions over the past decade

A.J. Turner, D. J. Jacob, J. Benmergui, S. D. Wofsy, J. D. Maasakkers, A. Butz, O. Hasekamp, S. C. Biraud, E. Dlugokencky A large increase in US methane emissions over the past decade inferred from satellite data and surface observations Geophysical Research Letters Accepted manuscript online: 6 February 2016 DOI: 10.1002/2016GL067987 Key Findings Satellite retrievals …

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