STUDY: METHANE LEAKS IN PA ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN STATE REPORTS

Allegheny Front discusses how methane leaks in Pennsyslvania are significantly higher than the state reports.

Pennsylvania’s prolific natural gas industry has made the state the No. 2-producing gas state in the country, second only to Texas. But the industry also releases a lot of methane, a potent greenhouse gas responsible for around 25 percent of global warming, a new analysis by a group of scientists working with the Environmental Defense Fund has found.

The analysis found Pennsylvania’s shale gas industry leaked seven times more methane in 2017 than state reporting for the year indicates. It also found the conventional natural gas industry leaks an even larger amount of methane, despite producing a mere 2 percent of the state’s gas.

The analysis comes as the state is creating methane rules for thousands of existing wells. The Department of Environmental Protection will begin taking comments on the rule later this month.

 

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