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Methane's Impact: An Under-Estimation of Global Significance

August 21, 2015 by Matt de la Houssaye
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Global Methane Risk

According to IPCC estimates, by the end of this century the global temperature will increase between 1.5°C and 4.5°C relative to the average of the 1880’s. Outcomes from this can be a higher chance of extreme weather events, crop shortages, and an elevated sea level due to the melting Antarctic ice sheet.[read more]

Sizing Up EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Program

July 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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EPA and Methane

The U.S. oil and gas industry released more than 7.3 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere in 2013, a three percent increase over 2012 – that’s an amount of gas worth nearly $2 billion, and enough to supply about 6 million American homes. So what are we going to do about it?[read more]

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Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

July 1, 2015 by John Miller
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Emissions Priorities

Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed gas and oil production greenhouse gas regulation actually the most efficient and effective approach to reducing total methane emissions in the United States? Or are there better alternatives?[read more]

While Most Wait for the Federal Government, California May Have Just Broken the Methane Puzzle Wide Open

May 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California and Methane Risk and Policy

Methane from oil and gas operations is a serious climate risk, but also a ripe opportunity to make a huge dent in overall greenhouse emissions. This past week, the state of California took a big, and long-awaited, step to address the challenge.[read more]

New Detector Sniffs Out Origins of Methane

March 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Methane Detection

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas is formed, could give scientists a better understanding of its role in warming the planet.[read more]

The UT Methane Studies: Critique and Response

March 6, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Study Response

People paying close attention to the growing body of research on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry may note of a recent exchange in Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) between Mr. Touché Howard and a team of scientists lead by Dr. David Allen of the University of Texas.[read more]

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State Level Methane Taxes: Economic and Environmental Benefit

March 5, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge

While federal greenhouse gas taxes remain elusive, localized benefits make state-based methane taxes politically feasible. A methane tax would also be more comprehensive, efficient and effective than technology standards like that imposed by Colorado.[read more]

EPA: Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Fell 35% Since 2007

March 2, 2015 by Steve Everley
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Natural Gas and Methane Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows methane emissions from natural gas production have fallen substantially, a decline that supports recent research finding low leakage rates in major shale basins.[read more]

Fly-By: What the Latest Aerial Study of Methane Emissions Tells Us

February 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Methane Emissions Study

In the summer of 2013, researchers aboard a four-engine P-3 Orion aircraft – a variant of the plane used to track submarines – flew over three of the nation’s biggest shale gas regions, taking measurements that would allow them to estimate the amount of methane leaking from the production fields below.[read more]

From Boston, More Troubling News About Methane Emissions

January 31, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Emissions and Environmental Risk

The everyday use of the fuel natural gas across the greater Boston area is resulting in much higher emissions of methane than previously thought, according to a study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.[read more]

Capturing Methane to Fuel Drilling Operations

January 30, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Methane and Drilling Fuel

Methane emissions from fuel production have become an issue for regulators concerned about greenhouse gasses, as well as for oil and gas producers who see money going up in flames as gas flares. innovators are finding ways to capture the wasted natural gas and profitably use it to fuel their operations.[read more]

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An Economic Argument for a Tax on Methane

January 22, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge
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Taxing methane leakage in the oil and gas sector, as opposed to forthcoming technology regulations, is more economically efficient. A policy that offsets taxes revenue elsewhere - from income or corporate taxes - should be considered.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We Don't Think Additional Regulation is Needed at this Time"

January 21, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil and Gas Regulation Proposal and Reaction

The Obama administration announced plans earlier this week to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. This announcement resulted in the usual chorus of applause and grumbles from environmentalists and the energy industry, respectively.[read more]

White House Oil and Gas Methane Strategy: Goals and First Steps, But Lots More To Do

January 16, 2015 by David Doniger

The White House recently announced a new environmental goal of cutting dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas industry from 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, and set in motion the first regulatory steps towards meeting that goal.[read more]

Western Governors: Cutting Oil, Gas Methane Good for States

December 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Governors and State Health

Recently the Western Governors’ Association joined a growing chorus of groups recognizing the importance of action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In addition to being the primary component of the natural gas sold at market, methane is a potent heat-trapping pollutant.[read more]