British Think Tank Study Refutes Shale Fugitive Methane Claims

researchThe Centre for Policy Studies, a British think tank similar to our own Heritage Foundation (conservative), has just published a new study that says so-called fugitive methane coming from shale gas production is “seriously over-estimated.” You may recall the falling-down-laughing claim by Cornell professors Robert Howarth and Tony Ingraffea who claimed burning coal is better for the environment than burning natural gas, largely because of the fugitive methane issue (see New Cornell University Study Says Shale Gas Extraction Worse for Global Warming Than Coal). Howarth and Ingraffea’s claim was roundly rejected by research study after research study, but the meme was established because Howarth and Ingraffea are funded, in part, by the anti-drilling Park Foundation, and Park (with deep pockets) pressures media outlets to repeat this drivel. The Centre for Policy Studies has added yet another masterful study that kicks the legs out from under Howarth/Ingraffea’s claims about fugitive methane leaking out all over the place. It isn’t…

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