Methane Is Murder: Industry Lowballs Leakage Claims

NOAA’s Air Sampling in Colorado Shows Methane Measurements that Disprove the Gas Industry’s “Cleaner Burning Fuel” Claim

While natural gas may be a cleaner fuel to burn, here’s more proof that it’s a particularly filthy fossil fuel to extract from the earth. A 2011 study by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was recently published in Journal of Geophysical Research and covered in the international journal, Nature.

Led by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado, Boulder, the study estimates that natural-gas producers in an area known as the Denver-Julesburg Basin are losing about 4% of their gas to the atmosphere – not including additional losses in the pipeline and distribution system.

According to Joe Romm at Climate Progress this is “more than double industry claims.

Methane [CH4] is far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 which can be 25 times more efficient than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.

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