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Small number of wells responsible for methane emissions, study finds

A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, benefiting from unprecedented direct access to gas well sites across the ...

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EPA to increase methane monitoring for oil and gas

In an effort to track climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving to require oil and gas operators to improve how methane leaks are measured, reports Pennsylvania StateImpact, a reporting project of National Public Radio member stations. Carbon dioxide has long been the target in the fight against global warming, but methane is more harmful in the short-term. ...

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Research shows naturally occurring methane in Penn. water wells

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a pair of studies today detailing the discovery of low-to-moderate concentrations of naturally occurring methane in private water wells. The wells are located in a region of the Marcellus Shale where drilling is absent, according to StateImpact, a reporting project of National Public Radio member stations. The two counties examined in the study, Wayne ...

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Satellite sees hot spot of methane in US Southwest

WASHINGTON — A surprising hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data. That result hints that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies considerably underestimate leaks of methane, which is also called natural gas. The higher level of methane is not a local safety or a health issue ...

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Quasar Energy gives West Seneca residents answers

As public outcry grew in Erie and Niagara counties about a fertilizer made, in part, from treated municipal sewage, West Seneca residents began asking questions about the plant in their town where it’s produced. Tuesday night, answers were provided by representatives of Quasar Energy Group at a sparsely-attended meeting in the town’s senior center. A total of 61 questions were ...

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EPA report: Methane emissions from fracking wells down 73 percent

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data which details greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions from 2013 broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities. The report states: “Climate change, fueled by greenhouse gas pollution, is threatening our health, our economy, and our way of life—increasing our risks from intense ...

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