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Anthropogenic emissions of methane in the United States

Anthropogenic emissions of methane in the United States


Successful regulation of greenhouse gas emissions requires knowledge of current methane emission sources. Existing state regulations in California and Massachusetts require ∼15% greenhouse gas emissions reductions from current levels by 2020. However, government estimates for total US methane emissions may be biased by 50%, and estimates of individual source sectors are even more uncertain. This study uses atmospheric methane observations to reduce this level of uncertainty. We find greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and fossil fuel extraction and processing (i.e., oil and/or natural gas) are likely a factor of two or greater than cited in existing studies. Effective national and state greenhouse gas reduction strategies may be difficult to develop without appropriate estimates of methane emissions from these source sectors.

Commentary on the study:

Bridge Out: Bombshell Study Finds Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Production Far Higher Than EPA Estimates | ThinkProgress.

Huffington Post coverage:

NY Times coverage:

Harvard University Press Release:

Link to Study:

Anthropogenic emissions of methane in the United States

Map of oil and gas spills in Colorado flood area | Amy Mall’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Map of oil and gas spills in Colorado flood area | Amy Mall’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

Breaking all the Rules: Oil & Gas Enforcement

EARTHWORKS | Oil & Gas Enforcement.


Oil & Gas Enforcement


States are failing to enforce oil & gas rules

Thanks to federal loopholes unique to the oil and gas industry, state government is the primary regulator of oil and gas development.

So the public is entitled to know, are states doing a good job overseeing the oil & gas development industry?

Breaking All the Rules: The Crisis in Oil & Gas Regulatory Enforcement, demonstrates that states across the country are failing to enforce their own oil and gas development regulations.

The one-year, in-depth research project examined enforcement data and practices in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, New York, New Mexico and Colorado and includes interviews with ex-industry and state agency employees.

The research produced the national reports, and six state reports focusing on the pertinent state agencies:

In addition to these publications, supporting data from the research can be found in the For More Information links below.

Well in Smyrna, Chenango Co. NY

Go to Google maps and Insert 42°43’29.13″N 75°38’48.14″W

Note open waste pits.