DEA Gas Policy & Planning

Another study points to climate harm from gas drilling

University of Colorado in the Charleston Gazette, 9 May 2014.

Another study has found that global warming pollution from natural gas drilling and production is likely far greater than estimated by current government emissions inventories.

During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado’s Front Range leaked nearly three times as much heat-trapping methane as predicted by current inventory estimates, according to the new study from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The measurements also found that benzene emissions were seven times higher than existing inventories, and that emissions of other chemicals that contribute to smog were twice as high as estimates.

“These discrepancies are substantial,” said lead author Gabrielle Petron, an atmospheric scientist with the university’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

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