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US natural gas producers make strides on emissions

Keywords: Tags  University of Texas, greenhoues gas, methane emissions, natural gas, Erica Bowman, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, EPA, Environmental Protection Agency Thorsten Schier

LONDON — Methane emissions from hydraulically fractured well completions at U.S. natural gas production sites are 97 percent lower than Environmental Protection Agency national emissions estimates for 2011, according to the results of a University of Texas study.

This is due to emissions reduction equipment in place at the majority of the 190 U.S. production sites sampled during the study that helped reduce methane emissions by 99 percent.

Erica Bowman, vice president of research and policy analysis for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, said her organization is reviewing the study but "we welcome the finding that overall methane emissions from the production of natural gas are lower than the most recent EPA estimates. The study provides further support for the findings of other credible researchers—that greater use of natural gas can substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

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