publication . Article . 2012

Shale gas production: potential versus actual greenhouse gas emissions

Francis O’Sullivan; Sergey Paltsev;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2012
  • Publisher: IOP Publishing
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shale gas production and use are controversial. Here we assess the level of GHG emissions from shale gas well hydraulic fracturing operations in the United States during 2010. Data from each of the approximately 4000 horizontal shale gas wells brought online that year are used to show that about 900 Gg CH[subscript 4] of potential fugitive emissions were generated by these operations, or 228 Mg CH[subscript 4] per well—a figure inappropriately used in analyses of the GHG impact of shale gas. In fact, along with simply venting gas produced during the completion of shale gas wells, two additional techniques are wide...
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free text keywords: Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, General Environmental Science, Waste management, Shale gas, Oil shale, Environmental science, Hydraulic fracturing, Fugitive emissions, Greenhouse gas, Natural gas, business.industry, business
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