Gas fracking has be estimated to release much more methane than previous gas industry claims. The worst offender for Methane releases in the US is probably the natural gas field in the Four Corners area.
Methane anomaly in Four Corners area under investigation
By John Hollenhorst
DURANGO, Colo. — There's something in the air in the Four Corners region. Methane. Natural gas. Four research planes and more than two dozen scientists and technologists have descended on the region to figure out where it's coming from.
In the region where Utah rubs shoulders with three other states, satellite imagery detected the nation's worst methane hot spot.
“That’s a huge anomaly,” said Andrew Thorpe from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “But we don’t know exactly where the methane is coming from.”
The most obvious suspect is the natural gas industry. It's one of the most productive natural gas fields in the country.
Aubrey explained, “I think it was intriguing to us and deserving of more study.”
Planes operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are collecting airborne samples to quantify the methane.
Eric Kort, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Michigan, said they are also measuring the chemical fingerprints in the area.