January 4, 2013

High methane emissions found in extraction

Common Dreams - New research on "alarmingly high methane emissions" brings further environmental scrutiny to natural gas extraction including fracking, and illustrates how the boom in the industry may well be a plan for climate disaster.

The findings, led by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were presented at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, the journal Nature reports, and reiterated data the team first noted in February of 2012 that 4% of the methane produced at a field near Denver was escaping into the atmosphere. The team also presented preliminary findings from a Utah study that suggested an even higher rate of methane emissions—9% of the total production.

NOAA describes methane as 25 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than CO2.

"We were expecting to see high methane levels, but I don’t think anybody really comprehended the true magnitude of what we would see," says Colm Sweeney, who led the aerial component of the study as head of the aircraft program at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder.


Disinterested citizen with no ties to the Fracking Industry said...

Enough of this alrmist nonsense! The only people objecting to this are extreme hippie environmental activists who've never held a job! They don't know what the infusion of fracking dollars means to poor communities and state budgets. Fracking is SAFE and profitable!

Anonymous said...

comment 1:14 brought to you by the nice, honest folks at BP who would never ever cut corners cementing a well?

oh never mind. who needs unpolluted groundwaters anyway, eh?

Anonymous said...


So what do you say to people who find their well water full of fracking chemicals, should they just drink the now poisonous water? Maybe you should go join them and drink that koolaid.

What about the damage to property from fracking caused earthquakes? Do you want to pay for it?

Are you a shill for the fracking industry? You sound like it.

Strelnikov said...

Read "Ecocide in the USSR" to find out what happens when extraction is done with no concern for the people or environment....we are a capitalist Soviet Union.