New Peer Reviewed Study: Marcellus Fugitive Methane is Minuscule

A new study on methane emissions in the Marcellus by researchers at the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just been published in the peer reviewed Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. The study, titled “Quantifying atmospheric methane emissions from the Haynesville, Fayetteville, and northeastern Marcellus shale gas production regions” (full copy below), finds very little methane leakage in the Marcellus Shale region. This study is one more nail in the coffin of the wild theories of professors Robert Howarth and Tony Ingraffea (from the once-great Cornell University) about “fugitive methane” leaking out all over the place, heating up Mother Earth. In fact, this new research finds leakage from Marcellus operations is between 0.18% to 0.41%. That’s less than 2/10ths of a percent to about 4/10ths of a percent on average. It’s minuscule…

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