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Tribune-Review: Study to Look at Emissions from Gas Drilling

Monday, October 15, 2012

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 4:16 p.m.
Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Source: Tribune-Review

"Big questions about the extent of air pollution from natural gas drilling could be answered in a new study from the University of Texas.

Researchers are studying several shale gas fields, including the Marcellus, to measure methane emissions for a study to be finished in 2013, according to a university release Wednesday. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and extensive leaks from well sites, processors and pipelines could offset environmental gains from using cleaner-burning natural gas instead of coal and oil. However early studies have varied widely in estimating those leaks, making conclusions elusive.

Chevron, Shell, and ExxonMobil — which all control Western Pennsylvania gas land — are among nine drilling companies participating. The Environmental Defense Fund also is participating."