The measurements, carried out by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences show that on one February day in the Uintah Basin, the natural gas field leaked 6 to 12 percent of the methane produced, on average on February days.
These findings have worrying implications on many levels. The possible effects of such high concentrations of methane in the air are disturbing for both human and animal health. Furthermore, given that methane is a greenhouse gas around twenty times more potent than CO2, this discovery gives the lie to any suggestion that shale gas could be a ‘green’ or ‘transition’ fuel.
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