Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hydraulic fracturing and shale gas leaks in Québec: New science shed light on the «cow farts» leaks


Just a quick post to follow up on reports relating to shale gas leaks from wells in Québec.

The Québec Ministry for Natural Resources and Wildlife, Nathalie Normandeau, has recently described gas leaks from fracking exploration wells as negligible by likening them to cow farts. Thankfully, less clownish politicians have taken a more cautious approach on the issue since then (article here by Robert Dutrisac and Louis-Gilles Francoeur, Le Devoir, 22 January 2011 - in French).

Now, Andrew Revkin from Dot Earth in the New York Times points to interesting scientific developments (blog post here):

- Abrahm Lustgarten, «Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated», 25 January 2011, Propublica;

- Robert Howarth, «Preliminary Assessment of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Natural Gas Obtanied by Hydraulic Fracturing», Departement of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University.

All well worth a read, and it supports the work done by Nature Québec (as reported here by Louis-Gilles Francoeur, Le Devoir, 19 January 2011 - both in French). Hopefully, these inputs will be considered by the BAPE.

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