Living on Earth: Massive Natural Gas Disaster Hits Los Angeles

Since October, a leaking underground natural gas storage facility near Los Angeles has released vast amounts of methane, its main ingredient, into the atmosphere, becoming one of the nation’s worst environmental accidents, as methane starts off 100 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Host Steve Curwood and Anthony Ingraffea, a civil and environmental engineer at Cornell University discuss the blowout, including. Professor Ingraffea’s belief that this disaster may be a harbinger of what’s ahead for these aging storage facilities.

Source: Living on Earth: Massive Natural Gas Disaster Hits Los Angeles

Aliso Canyon methane leak emissions sky-high, pilot scientist found

Source: Aliso Canyon methane leak emissions sky-high, pilot scientist found

Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane Than EPA Estimated | InsideClimate News

A sprawling, aggressive effort to measure the climate footprint of natural gas production has yielded striking results: methane emissions from the Barnett Shale in North Texas are at least 90 percent higher than government estimates.

Source: Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane Than EPA Estimated | InsideClimate News

Methane Leaks in Natural-Gas Supply Chain Far Exceed Estimates, Study Says – The New York Times

Methane Leaks in Natural-Gas Supply Chain Far Exceed Estimates, Study Says – The New York Times.

Fracking-impacted residents & enviros welcome Obama oil & gas methane rule

Fracking-impacted residents & enviros welcome Obama oil & gas methane rule.

Methane Leaks May Greatly Exceed Estimates, Report Says – The New York Times

Methane Leaks May Greatly Exceed Estimates, Report Says – The New York Times.

Biomass Energy in Pennsylvania: Implications for Air Quality, Carbon Emissions, and Forests

PFPI-PA-Biomass-Energy-Report_12_18_12%5B1%5D.pdf.

Biomass Energy in Pennsylvania: Implications for Air Quality, Carbon Emissions, and Forests

70+ pages of analysis – deals with PA specifically but the issues are very general.
Relates also to burning garbage/trash.
“… burning wood and other biological materials for “biomass energy” is widely promoted as a cleaner and low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels. Supported by an array of renewable energy incentives and widely marketed as sustainable and environmentally sound, biomass energy facilities ranging in size from institutional heating boilers to 100 megawatt (MW) electrical plants are being built at an unprecedented rate across the United States. Often missing in the rush to take advantage of renewable energy grants and subsidies, however, is discussion of how biomass combustion may affect air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and forests. Air quality regulators know that biomass boilers emit as much or more key air pollutants as fossil fuel boilers, giving them the potential to affect air quality. Scientists increasingly recognize that biomass energy, which is chiefly fueled with wood, is a significant source of greenhouse gases that could put large new demands on forests if growth continues unchecked. Still, the federal government and many states, including Pennsylvania, have prioritized rapid expansion of biomass energy capacity with little consideration of potential impacts. While pollutant emissions, greenhouse gases, and forest impacts from biomass energy are recognized by many scientists and regulators, they are only beginning to be considered at a policy level.”

Obama Is Said to Be Planning New Rules on Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Emissions – NYTimes.com

Obama Is Said to Be Planning New Rules on Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Emissions – NYTimes.com.

Groups sue to force EPA’s hand on oil and gas emissions | Center for Public Integrity

Groups sue to force EPA’s hand on oil and gas emissions | Center for Public Integrity.

EHP – Residential Greenness and Birth Outcomes: Evaluating the Influence of Spatially Correlated Built-Environment Factors

EHP – Residential Greenness and Birth Outcomes: Evaluating the Influence of Spatially Correlated Built-Environment Factors.

OSU researcher tracks health effects of air pollution around the world. Perry Hystad has only been at Oregon State University for a little over a year, but the young epidemiologist is already making a name for himself. Corvallis Gazette-Times, Oregon

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