Sunday, April 28, 2013

EPA Reduces Estimates Of Methane Greenhouse Gas Leakage From Fracking

Posted by Milton Recht:

From The Washington Post, "EPA report that lowers methane-leak estimates further divides fracking camps" by Associated Press:
Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate that has divided environmentalists:
The new EPA data is "kind of an earthquake" in the debate over drilling, said Michael Shellenberger, the president of the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental group based in Oakland, Calif. "This is great news for anybody concerned about the climate and strong proof that existing technologies can be deployed to reduce methane leaks."

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