Study: Fracking Well Pads May Disproportionately Contribute To Methane Emissions

(April 26, 2016, 2:32 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of university researchers and environmentalists published a study on April 5 that said that oil and gas well pads used in hydraulic fracturing operations with high hydrocarbon emission rates may disproportionally contribute to total methane and volatile organic compound emissions.


The study, published in the American Chemical Society’s journal “Environmental Science & Technology,” was performed by researchers at Stanford University, the University of Arkansas and members of the Environmental Defense Fund.

The researchers used helicopters to take infrared camera surveys...
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