December 2011, Vol. 238 No. 12

In The News

GHG Emissions From Shale Production Likely Significantly Overstated, Study Finds

Estimates used by the Environmental Protection Agency and others for greenhouse gas emissions from upstream shale gas production are likely significantly overstated, according to a new report by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. The estimates are based on assumptions that do not reflect industry practice and should be re-evaluated, it says. “Methane emissions have become a very important and controversial issue given their potency as a greenhouse gas,” said Mary Barcella, IHS CERA director of North American natural gas. “Unfortunately, such emissions are not being measured. Estimates are being used that are not supported by data, do not reflect current

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