Measurement Technologies Look to Improve Methane Emissions

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

By Daphne D’Zurko, Executive Director, and Joe Mallia, Senior Project Manager, NYSEARCH, Parsippany, NJ

In 2014, increased attention to greenhouse gas emissions by the environmental community and the public at large started to focus on methane emissions in proximity to the gas infrastructure. With technologies that generally took indirect atmospheric methane concentration measurements, various environmental groups and universities took interest in how to aid gas companies to prioritize repair of ‘non-hazardous’ leaks. Local gas distribution companies (LDCs) have a long history in meeting regulations while refining the most practical procedures for leak survey, detection, classification and localization. Despite safety being the natural gas industry’s top priority, when incidents do…

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