Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Drop in Methane

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Drop in Methane

Article excerpt

Despite claims made in a Feb. 23 editorial ("Methane's Threat: New EPA Rules to Cut Emissions Are a Good Start"), shale-related methane emissions continue to steeply drop, thanks to the industry's widespread use of operational best practices and continuous investments aimed at protecting and enhancing our environment.

In fact, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's own data (April 2015), we've seen a 13 percent drop in methane emissions even as gas production increased 50 percent year over year. And University of Colorado experts concluded in 2015 that the Marcellus Shale region had the lowest rate of methane release at 0.18 percent - well below the widely accepted threshold of 3.2 percent for natural gas to maintain its climate benefits.

Natural gas has been a clear environmental winner. …

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