April 30, 2016

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry

Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.
By Bill McKibben, The Nation, 3/23/16

Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent interactions in the atmosphere, where the molecular structure … Continue reading

EPA Will Limit Methane from Existing Oil and Gas Facilities

No credible plan to combat climate change can ignore methane emissions
By Casey Coates Danson, Climate Progress, March 10, 2016

The EPA will limit methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities — a huge move by the federal agency, announced in conjunction with President Obama’s meeting with Canadian Prime … Continue reading

How Bad of a Greenhouse Gas Is Methane?

The global warming potential of the gaseous fossil fuel may be consistently underestimated
By Gayathri Vaidyanathan, ClimateWire, December 22, 2015

Letter [HERE] from Bryce F. Payne Jr., PhD et al to President Obama on methane emissions.
This article was written by Climate Wire (a large, well respected environmental news service) Continue reading

CO & CA: Getting Gassed Together

The BIG NEWS was that two Colorado cities told the oil boys to take a hike
by Philip Doe, Counter Punch, January 29, 2016

In the past few weeks, something truly unusual happened here in Colorado.

It wasn’t that the Arctic Vortex had taken up residence in the state. The … Continue reading

As US Rushes to Build Gas Lines, Failure Rate of New Pipes Has Spiked

New pipelines are failing at a rate on par with gas transmission lines installed before the 1940s
By Sarah Smith, SNL Financial, September 9, 2015

The push to build new pipelines to transport abundant shale supplies appears to be having a materially adverse impact on pipeline safety.

According to a … Continue reading

Rapid Method for Measuring Area Methane Emissions

Funding and additional support for this paper was provided by DCS
Data for this paper came from the NYC methane work supported by DCS
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A PROPOSED RAPID METHOD FOR MEASURING AREA METHANE EMISSIONS: AN EXPLORATORY APPLICATION IN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, USA
Bryce F. Payne Jr., Gas Continue reading

Video Makes Visible CA’s Unseen Natural Gas Disaster

A huge methane leak near Los Angeles is spewing tens of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every hour
By Todd Woody, TakePart, December 29, 2015

See all the work DCS has done on methane baselines.

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More than two months after a Southern … Continue reading

Letter to President Obama on Methane Emissions

Below is a very important letter regarding the potentially severe mistake of conflating all greenhouse gases to CO2 equivalents using a 100 year time period in the current UNFCCC emissions reporting system. Methane (the major short lived greenhouse gas) expends its climate warming impact over a much shorter period of … Continue reading

Massive Natural Gas Storage Leak Alarms CA Residents, Climate Activists

Rupture at Aliso Canyon natural gas storage site has released the equivalent of 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and won’t be plugged for another 3 months
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, December 4, 2015

It’s the climate equivalent of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: the rupture … Continue reading

PA DEP Reaches Penalty Agreements with 3 Natural Gas Exploration Companies

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has finalized penalty agreements with three natural gas exploration companies for methane gas migration violations that impacted private drinking water wells in Bradford, Lycoming, and Tioga counties.

“These were complex and lengthy investigations that took a considerable amount of time … Continue reading