Methane Emissions Decline in Oil and Gas Basins

Energy in Depth recently released a report they conducted based on data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The report shows that methane emissions from some of the most prolific shales in the United States have fallen considerably.

For instance, in basins that incorporate the Utica and Marcellus shales, methane emissions fell by 55 percent and 10 percent. The San Juan Basin – a zone that activists against racking have guaranteed has climbing emissions – really lessened methane discharges by six percent. In the Anadarko Basin – which incorporates allotments of western Oklahoma, one of the top oil and gas producing states –methane emanations diminished by 34 percent. Emissions has also diminished significantly in Texas, which is driving the United States in oil and gas production:  In the Permian and Gulf Coast Basins, methane outflows diminished by 9 percent and 18 percent.


Methane Emissions Infographic from EID

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