January 19, 2018

EPA wants State Dept. to rework analysis of Keystone XL pipeline

By Lenny Bernstein and Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post published: April 22

The Environmental Protection Agency objected Monday to the State Department’s latest review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, suggesting that more work must be done before the Obama administration can determine whether to approve the 1,179-mile northern leg … Continue reading

Manhattan Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions Press Release

Methane Baseline

From the Preliminary Report

PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release 3/25/13

Media: New Study Exposes How Natural Gas Isn’t the Clean Fossil Fuel It’s Hyped up to Be

Actual Methane Emissions Measured in Manhattan Showing No Advantage to Natural Gas: Two Reports


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Manhattan Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions Final Report

Media: New Study Exposes How Natural Gas Isn’t the Clean Fossil Fuel It’s Hyped up to Be

This Final Report, commissioned by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, concludes that there is no advantage to natural gas over coal or oil, in terms of climate impact.  Download the Final ReportContinue reading

Manhattan Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions

The whole story – both reports and other media coverage.

The EPA Inspector General cited our extended NY report in his report on methane emissions.

PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release 3/25/13

MEDIA:  New Study Exposes How Natural Gas Isn’t the Clean Fossil Fuel It’s Hyped up to Be (Nora … Continue reading

Methane Baseline Completed in Minisink, NY

From the PRESS RELEASE: Covering the public roads in the area around the Minisink compressor site, GasSafetyUSA recorded and established that there are currently only normal low levels of pre-existing methane in Minisink (Download the Report as a pdf). “The test results demonstrate Minisink is now a Continue reading

Methane Leaks Erode Green Credentials of Natural Gas

Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental impact.
By Jeff Tollefson, Nature, Jan. 2, 2013

Scientists are once again reporting alarmingly high methane emissions from an oil and gas field, underscoring questions about the environmental benefits of the boom in natural-gas production … Continue reading

Damascus Methane Baseline

Press Coverage in the River Reporter:
Damascus Baseline Methane Study Completed: Insurance Against Gas Migration A recurring question in the gas drilling debate is “does hydraulic fracturing lead to gas migration?” Many residents who live near gas wells that have undergone hydraulic fracturing insist that it does, while drilling companies
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Methane Emissions in Leroy, PA

25 July 2012 Field Inspection and Methane Sampling Survey of
Parts of Leroy, Granville and Franklin Townships
Bradford County, Pennsylvania


This, the second, methane survey in the Leroy Township area confirmed surface emissions of likely ≥94% methane (100% natural gas) over an area at least 600 meters by 200 … Continue reading

Chesapeake to Pay $1.6 Million for Contaminating Water Wells in Bradford County

The case may be the first Mar­cel­lus con­t­a­m­i­na­tion law­suit to get resolved with­out a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment
By Susan Phillips, StateImpact Pennsylvania, June 21, 2012

Read the PA DEP Consent Order and Agreement with Chesapeake
CLICK HERE for an explanation and history of what happened to lead to this lawsuit.

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Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations

Robert W. Howarth · Renee Santoro · Anthony Ingraffea

We evaluate the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas obtained by high volume hydraulic fracturing from shale formations, focusing on methane emissions. Natural gas is composed largely of methane, and 3.6% to 7.9% of the methane from shale-gas production escapes to … Continue reading