Study Finds Fugitive Methane from O&G 97% Less than EPA Estimates

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Obama/McCarthy reign of terror, far overstepped its charter by seizing power that doesn’t belong to it. Last May the EPA issued new methane rules in a back-door way to try and regulate the oil and gas industry (see EPA Does it Again: Tries to Destroy O&G with New Methane Rule). In pretty short order several states sued to stop the order, which eventually turned into 15 states (see 15 States File Lawsuits to Block EPA O&G Methane Rule). The EPA claimed, at that time, that methane is leaking out of bore holes, pipelines, valves–just about everywhere on a well pad. And methane (as the fairy tale goes) is a gajillion times more “potent” than carbon dioxide when it comes to causing man-made global warming. The problem is, the EPA used estimates, calculations, algorithms, spreadsheets as their “evidence.” They never went into the field and actually measured anything. Such a field study has now been done–by the EPA–in the Uinta Shale Basin in Colorado (full copy below). And guess what the researchers have found? While there is some methane leakage here and there, the EPA previously OVERESTIMATED the leakage–by 97%! Yes, “EPA researchers found methane emissions from intermittent bleed devices were 97 percent lower than the standard emission factor for intermittent pneumatic control devices EPA uses for estimates in its Greenhouse Gas Inventory(GHGI).” In other words, the entire methane rule the EPA forced on the industry was based on lies…a foundation of sand…a house of cards. Why does that not surprise us?…

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