The Washington Post is cautiously taking a closer look at the problem of methane leaking from US shale gas operations and the network of pipelines that carry the gas to market. You have to read the article carefully, because the new and troubling evidence is couched in language that would lead a reader to think it was some sort of elusive puzzle. New fly-over studies with specialized sensors have recently confirmed what we have known since Dr. Ingraffea so effectively documented it — the wells leak. Specifically, the study found 4% of them leaking now. Dr. Ingraffea’s work predicts that more and more will leak with time.
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The fossil fuel industry would have readers believe that it’s really cows belching, but the evidence has been clear for a long time that shale gas fracking sites are a significant source of atmospheric methane. The agricultural and natural sources are also important, but that does not let the extraction industry off the hook.
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