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  •  I got it from your article (1+ / 0-)
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    FishOutofWater

    A recent federal report estimated that methane’s leak rate, nationally, is less than 1 percent of production; another report noted that emissions in the Uintah (“Uinta”) Basin, which produces about 1 percent of total U.S. natural gas, may have higher emissions than typical for western gas fields. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General has called for better emissions data from the natural gas sector, and this paper is one of the first published since.  - See more at: http://cires.colorado.edu/...

    •  Fair enough, but that's an estimate (1+ / 0-)
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      StrayCat

      based on gas production company numbers.

      Those aren't hard data.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 10:24:58 AM PDT

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      •  Never underestimate the ability of greedy (0+ / 0-)

        polluters to destroy the reputation of a reasonably safe
        technology.
        A lot of well operators are RW nut jobs who
        hate environmental regulations for their own sake and will
        pollute out of pure spite and of course Utah is a 'business
        friendly' aka environment unfriendly state.

        Remember the coal mine collapse there a few years ago.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        •  I did a quick review of the EPA report (1+ / 0-)
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          http://www.epa.gov/...

          If you go to pgs 3-66 & 3-67 you will see that EPA used self-reported industry numbers that some folks don't believe.

          I don't trust industry numbers. The EPA's QA on those values appears to me to be inadequate.

          I want to see more measurements from independent investigators, not industry employees.

          look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

          by FishOutofWater on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 12:44:06 PM PDT

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