More proof Methane spike due to US ecocidal Frackers.. Stopping it could delay Climate Catastrophe


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Oil and Gas Firms “Have Had Far Worse Climate Impact Than Thought” –

Back in 2007 we already got this news in a Nature published study by Robert Howarth and c . But the US media and corrupt capitalist politicians denied the proof, even when images from space showed huge clouds of methane over the gigantic US fracking fields .(PDF) Methane and the Greenhouse-Gas Footprint 2007

Obama was only able to implement a call for voluntary checks by the gangster style US energy industry on the then already over one million fracking wells, all with zero methane management, excused even from the Clean water legislation, and half of them already abandoned.“Fracking” Shale Gas Emissions Far Worse Than Coal For Climate …A groundbreaking report

With the advent of Trump among hundreds of criminal ecocidal policies even voluntary checks on methane releases were abandoned. Ubiquitous fracking gas and oil wells made the US nearly self sufficient, (though the extraction has always been uneconomic), while covertly flooding the planet with methane up to 85 times as bad as CO2 in the short term.

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Only now 13 years after Howarth’s study is the US media accepting the methane coverup, due partly to citizen proof of the giant methane clouds using new . cameras (See article below). Even so there is an attempt, far from apportioning blame, to make a positive spin by saying this is an opportunity as methane is easier to eliminate and shorter lasting than CO2. (yes.. but US policy denies the problem).

Study indicates human fossil methane emissions have been underestimated by up to 40 percent.

This info below was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The oil and gas industry has had a far worse impact on the climate than previously believed, according to a study indicating that human emissions of fossil methane have been underestimated by up to 40%.

Although the research will add to pressure on fossil fuel companies, scientists said there was cause for hope because it showed a big extra benefit could come from tighter regulation of the industry and a faster shift towards renewable energy.

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Methane has a greenhouse effect that is about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period and is responsible for at least 25 percent of global heating, according to the UN Environment Programme.

In the past two centuries, the amount of methane in the atmosphere has more than doubled, though there has long been uncertainty about whether the source was biological—from agriculture, livestock or landfills—or from fossil fuels. There were also doubts about what share of fossil methane was naturally released and what share was from industry.

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Earlier estimates were based on intermittent, bottom-up monitoring of oil and gas companies and comparisons with geological evidence from the end of the Pleistocene epoch, about 11,600 years ago.

For a more accurate comparison, a team at the University of Rochester in the US examined levels of methane in the pre-industrial era about 300 years ago. This was achieved by analyzing air from that period trapped in glaciers in Greenland. The sample – made up of about a tonne of ice – was extracted with a Blue Ice Drill, capable of producing the world’s biggest ice cores.

The findings, published in Nature, suggest the share of naturally released fossil methane has been overestimated by “an order of magnitude”, which means that human activities are 25-40 percent more responsible for fossil methane in the atmosphere than thought.

This strengthens suspicions that fossil fuel companies are not fully accounting for their impact on the climate, particularly with regard to methane—a colorless, odorless gas that many plants routinely vent into the atmosphere.

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An earlier study revealed methane emissions from US oil and gas plants were 60 percent higher than reported to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Accidents are also underreported. A single blowout at a natural gas well in Ohio in 2018 discharged more methane over three weeks than the oil and gas industries of France, Norway and the Netherlands released in an entire year. At the time, the company said it was unsure of the size of the leak. The immense scale was only revealed a year later when scientists analyzed satellite dataprovided by the European Space Agency.

Fracking also appears to have worsened the problem. Atmospheric methane had started to flatten off at the turn of the century, but rose again after a surge in fracking activity in the US and elsewhere. The industry, however, continues to claim that the energy source can be used as a “bridge fuel” because it has lower carbon emissions than oil or coal, but this fails to account for leaks and flares of methane and other gases during extraction.

Growing calls for tighter controls will be strengthened by the new study. The lead author, Benjamin Hmiel, said the paper was cause for optimism because it showed that action on methane—which has a relatively short shelf life, persisting in the atmosphere for about nine years—could give a strong short-term boost to efforts to stabilize the climate.

“Placing stricter methane emission regulations on the fossil fuel industry will have the potential to reduce future global warming to a larger extent than previously thought,” Hmiel said. “Methane is important to study because if we make changes to our current methane emissions, it’s going to reflect more quickly.”

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Other scientists who were not involved in the research concurred there were positive implications in the findings, but only if governments were able to rein in fossil fuel companies, which has not been the case until now.

“This indicates that the fossil fuel sector has a much more polluting impact beyond being responsible for the overwhelming majority of carbon dioxide emissions. This is worrying and overall bad news,” said Dr Joeri Rogelj, a climate change lecturer at the Grantham Institute.

The good news, Rogelj said, was that measures to prevent leaks, reduce flaring and switch to renewables would be more effective than expected. “What this study shows is that we can have a bigger impact on methane in the atmosphere than earlier thought. This allows us to set climate policy priorities right.”

Dave Reay, the executive director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, said one of the key messages from the study was that the old bottom-up method of measuring methane emissions was “woefully inadequate”.

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“We knew fossil fuel extraction—including fracking—was a major part of global methane emissions, but this impressive study suggests it is a far bigger culprit in human-induced climate change than we had ever thought,” he said.

“If correct, gas, coal and oil extraction and distribution around the world are responsible for almost half of all human-induced methane emissions. Add to that all the carbon dioxide that is then emitted when the fossil fuels are burned, and you need look no further for the seat of the climate emergency fire.”

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Oil and Gas Firms “Have Had Far Worse Climate Impact Than Thought”

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All set then. A famous victory for the US billionaires and their power crazed political sponsors, who haven’t hesitated to buy out environmental law, poison aquifers and cause a health and ecological emergency in order to frack oil and gas from thousands of short term wells.

But just a minute. There’s a problem. .. One of the blatant scams of the frackers was to make it unnecessary to even measure methane leaks, and studies done were often bought out or dismissed as only local..

But now new authoritative Cornell and the Harvard studies (directed by Robert Howarth) have proven what we knew all along, now using satellite data, that fracking releases huge amounts of methane, the increase is enough to cancel out all the claimed progress in limiting climate emissions in the US since 2007.  

FILE - In this March 29, 2013, file photo, workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Two new rules intended to ease tensions over fracking in Colorado will have limited impact, affecting only about 1 percent of the drilling in the state, according to an analysis by state regulators. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is to hold hearings starting Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, on proposals designed to address complaints that arise as Colorado’s growing suburbs and oilfields collide. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)


“Fracking” Shale Gas Emissions Far Worse Than Coal For Climate A groundbreaking report from Cornell University researchers confirming that shale gas recovered through high volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will produce even more greenhouse gases than the burning of coal in the next two decades – a critical window in which society must reduce emissions to combat climate change.


Even worse, the figures prove that the frack- gas  (‘shale gas’) that the US is foisting on Europe is  MUCH WORSE EVEN THAN COAL for the climate, when this methane effect is added to the CO2 emissions on burning it.

Just when world temperatures have gone into overdrive, smashing all heat records for 14 months in a row, we have proof of a giant dome of escaped methane over the US, coinciding exactly with the ”Fracking Revolution”.

”Over the critical next 20 year period methane is roughly 86 times as potent as carbon dioxide as a driver of climate change , or 35 times as potent over the span of a century”. Gas is not just a bridge to nowhere,” it turns out to be a highway to hell.

As the 1st frack-gas ship sailed for Portugal, Cheniére’s vice president of marketing, Meg Gentle, told industry and government officials that ”gas should be rebranded as renewable energy”, and Exxon’s PR chief boasted that ‘‘America’s shale gas revolution has caused emissions to decline to levels of the 1990s.”’

They were very wrong and they knew it. They will try to ignore and buy false counter reports to the Harvard and Cornell studies, maybe the authors will receive anonymous threats or simply disappear.


”Cheaply sealing the many thousands of fracking wells to stop endemic leaking is impossible with present technology. Even in countries with  correct regulation methods the methane always escapes as there is no existing technology for sealing the wells. and there are also huge losses in the industrial and domestic networks”.


But it is too late. They have already given us another good reason to refuse an inferior product.. for example this gives a solid basis to the French government which would like to ban US frack gas and cancel sneaky contracts already made.

The news that frack or shale gas is worse than coal also gives a new argument to the German govt. (with one ‘traitor’  already coming out against hysterical US warmongering) which stands to lose out heavily if their cheap and efficient Nord Stream 2 pipeline is also cancelled due to ”US lobbying”.

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All set then. A famous victory for the US billionaires and their power crazed political sponsors, who haven’t hesitated to buy out environmental law, poison aquifers and cause a health and ecological emergency in order to frack oil and gas from thousands of short term wells.

But just a minute. There’s a problem. .. One of the blatant scams of the frackers was to make it unnecessary to even measure methane leaks, and studies done were often bought out or dismissed as only local..

But now new authoritative Cornell and the Harvard studies (directed by Robert Howarth) have proven what we knew all along, now using satellite data, that fracking releases huge amounts of methane, the increase is enough to cancel out all the claimed progress in limiting climate emissions in the US since 2007.  


“Fracking” Shale Gas Emissions Far Worse Than Coal For Climate A groundbreaking report from Cornell University researchers confirming that shale gas recovered through high volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will produce even more greenhouse gases than the burning of coal in the next two decades – a critical window in which society must reduce emissions to combat climate change.


Even worse, the figures prove that the frack- gas  (‘shale gas’) that the US is foisting on Europe is  MUCH WORSE EVEN THAN COAL for the climate, when this methane effect is added to the CO2 emissions on burning it.

Just when world temperatures have gone into overdrive, smashing all heat records for 14 months in a row, we have proof of a giant dome of escaped methane over the US, coinciding exactly with the ”Fracking Revolution”.

”Over the critical next 20 year period methane is roughly 86 times as potent as carbon dioxide as a driver of climate change , or 35 times as potent over the span of a century”. Gas is not just a bridge to nowhere,” it turns out to be a highway to hell.

As the 1st frack-gas ship sailed for Portugal, Cheniére’s vice president of marketing, Meg Gentle, told industry and government officials that ”gas should be rebranded as renewable energy”, and Exxon’s PR chief boasted that ‘‘America’s shale gas revolution has caused emissions to decline to levels of the 1990s.”’

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They were very wrong and they knew it. They will try to ignore and buy false counter reports to the Harvard and Cornell studies, maybe the authors will receive anonymous threats or simply disappear.


”Cheaply sealing the many thousands of fracking wells to stop endemic leaking is impossible with present technology. Even in countries with  correct regulation methods the methane always escapes as there is no existing technology for sealing the wells. and there are also huge losses in the industrial and domestic networks”.


But it is too late. They have already given us another good reason to refuse an inferior product.. for example this gives a solid basis to the French government which would like to ban US frack gas and cancel sneaky contracts already made.

The news that frack or shale gas is worse than coal also gives a new argument to the German govt. (with one ‘traitor’  already coming out against hysterical US warmongering) which stands to lose out heavily if their cheap and efficient Nord Stream 2 pipeline is also cancelled due to ”US lobbying”.

And this ‘Far Worse Than Coal’ news coincides with anger among Europeans over US attempts to secretly  push through the TTIP treaty which is seen as abolishing many citizens and national rights in favour of their Corporations


The Methane Bomb. Methane leaks are powerful climate forcers and could  in theory push us over a feedback tipping point whereby the permafrost would melt releasing gigantic amounts of more methane, causing runaway global overheating and the melting of hidrates on the ocean floor , causing another huge leap in temperatures, a collapse of the biosphere and human ‘civilisation’, causing….etc


Even in the UK, which used to be firmly controlled, a report by the UK’s Climate Change Committee has been published, on July 7 2016, and has found that ”exploiting shale gas by fracking on a significant scale is not compatible with UK climate targets”. That is just a step away from cutting their emissions by refusing to take the proffered US frack-gas and oil.

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And this ‘Far Worse Than Coal’ news coincides with anger among Europeans over US attempts to secretly  push through the TTIP treaty which is seen as abolishing many citizens and national rights in favour of their Corporations

Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas May Be Significantly Underestimated


The Methane Bomb. Methane leaks are powerful climate forcers and could  in theory push us over a feedback tipping point whereby the permafrost would melt releasing gigantic amounts of more methane, causing runaway global overheating and the melting of hidrates on the ocean floor , causing another huge leap in temperatures, a collapse of the biosphere and human ‘civilisation’, causing….etc


Even in the UK, which used to be firmly controlled, a report by the UK’s Climate Change Committee has been published, on July 7 2016, and has found that ”exploiting shale gas by fracking on a significant scale is not compatible with UK climate targets”. That is just a step away from cutting their emissions by refusing to take the proffered US frack-gas and oil.

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Methane escapes turn the ‘gas advantage’ negative

Because burning gas is more efficient  than coal, it provides a 50% advantage in terms of emissions of CO2 emitted per unit of energy. However that is only half the story because of the methane that escapes into the atmosphere during the exploration, production, storage, and distribution phases of the gas life-cycle: in other words all of the stages upstream of the power station.

There is a large difference in fugitive emissions between conventional and unconventional methods of gas extraction. A large reservoir of natural gas may require only a handful of platforms to extract the underlying resource, which typically is under pressure and therefore relatively simple to release and capture.

By contrast, with unconventional sources such as shale gas, the resource is present as bubbles of gas within shale rock formations. Extraction is extremely challenging, it requires the injection of sand, water, chemicals and lubricants under pressure, and thousands of well-heads may be required to locate and extract significant quantities of gas. The potential for leaks, whether accidental or deliberate, is correspondingly greater.

Atmospheric monitoring from the early 1990s, before fracking became a major issue, demonstrates that conventional gas production is associated with methane losses of at least 1%, so the advantage of gas over coal is 25%, not 50%. Second liquefaction is extremely energy intensive adding 20-25% to the carbon footprint, which means that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is no better than coal from a climate change perspective.

The situation with shale gas is far worse. Satellite data demonstrates fugitive emissions that are an order of magnitude greater during the extraction and storage phase, with  average losses, including distribution representing 6-8% of production. The figure of 6% makes shale gas two times worse than coal from a climate change perspective.

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Methane Emissions Under-Reported, Study Claims

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Methane emissions are much higher than reported, according to a new analysis by researchers at the University of Rochester. After studying atmospheric samples that predate the start of the Industrial Revolution — taken from ice cores obtained in the Arctic — the research team was able to distinguish between methane emissions that arise from normal biological activity, such as decaying vegetation, and methane derived from anthropogenic sources related to human activity. The distinction is made possible by carbon-14 detection. In older samples, the isotope has disappeared, while in later times it is still present.

Image credit: University of Rochester. Illustration by Michael Osadciw

The research shows an increase in methane emissions beginning in 1870. The scientists determined that levels of naturally released fossil methane are about 10 times lower than previous research reported. Given the total fossil emissions measured in the atmosphere today, the researchers claim anthropogenic methane is 25 to 40% higher than expected. If it’s not coming from biological sources, it must be coming from fossil fuel extraction and combustion, they say.

What difference does any of this make? Methane, which is 90% of natural gas, is the second leading cause of our Earth getting hotter. It is a more powerful greenhouse gas but remains in the atmosphere for only about 9 years, whereas carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for 100 years or more. If humans could greatly reduce global methane emissions, the effect could be to buy more time to address carbon dioxide emissions, according to Science Daily. The study was published on February 19 in the journal Nature.

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“If we stopped emitting all carbon dioxide today, high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere would still persist for a long time,” says Benjamin Hmiel, the lead author of the study. “Methane is important to study because if we make changes to our current methane emissions, it’s going to reflect more quickly. Placing stricter methane emission regulations on the fossil fuel industry will have the potential to reduce future global warming to a larger extent than previously thought,” Hmiel says.

“As a scientific community we’ve been struggling to understand exactly how much methane we as humans are emitting into the atmosphere,” says Vasilli Petrenko, a coauthor of the study. “We know that the fossil fuel component is one of our biggest component emissions, but it has been challenging to pin that down because in today’s atmosphere, the natural and anthropogenic components of the fossil emissions look the same, isotopically.” Hmiel adds, “What we’ve previously categorized as natural methane emission must be anthropogenic sources, the most likely being fossil fuel use and extraction.”

The study has important implications for the environment. If anthropogenic methane emissions make up a larger part of the total, reducing emissions from human activities like fossil fuel extraction and use will have a greater impact on curbing future global warming than scientists previously thought. “I don’t want to get too hopeless on this because my data does have a positive implication,” Hmiel says. “Most of the methane emissions are anthropogenic, so we have more control. If we can reduce our emissions, it’s going to have more of an impact.”

Not Everyone Agrees

The Washington Post reached out to other scientists and found that not everyone agrees with the assessment made by the University of Rochester research team. The Hmiel group claims global methane emissions in the 1700s were 1 to 5 million tons a year. Today, they are 45 million tons annually and rising — fast. See this chart prepared by NOAA.

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Hmiel and his colleagues argue that the increase is due to the use of natural gas. Daniel Jacob, a Harvard atmospheric scientist and methane expert not involved in the work, told The Washington Post the study represents an “important result, because the current estimates for the methane geological source were widely considered too high by atmospheric modelers such as myself.” However, he adds, “I totally disagree with this inference.” If natural sources of fossil methane are smaller, he argued, that simply means total emissions are smaller — not that we should bump up emissions from another source in their place.

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Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher with the Environmental Defense Fund, believes the Rochester researchers have significantly undercounted biological sources of methane. He notes a recent study published last month in the journal Science Advances found methane emissions from just one sector of the Arctic ocean are 3 million tons per year.

He adds that methane emissions just from beneath the Caspian Sea are thought to be large enough to account for much of the global total. “The major question is now how to reconcile [the new study] with recent regional measurements,” Schwietzke says.

Making Methane Plumes Visible

In December, investigators for The New York Times used infrared photography to make methane leaks in the Permian Basin in Texas visible. The current administration plans to roll back regulations requiring industry to reduce methane leaks from its operations, a move that the EPA itself says will allow enough methane to escape to power up to 1 million American homes.

That’s a lot of methane, but the industry claims it is too expensive and too complicated to monitor methane emissions, even though the NY Times was able to do it with an infrared camera. We cannot reproduce the proprietary images gathered by the the NY Times, but you can see them on its website. They are quite disturbing.

Tim Doty, a former senior official at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality who is trained in infrared leak detection, examined and helped analyze the film images gather by the Times photographer. “That’s a crazy amount of emissions,” he said. “It takes a little bit of investigative work, but with an infrared camera, you can see it.”

Robert Howarth, an earth system scientist at Cornell University, tells The New York Times, “It’s increasingly clear that fossil fuel production has dramatically increased global methane emissions.” He is the author of a study that estimates North American shale gas production may be responsible for about a third of the global increase in methane emissions over the past decade, a finding hotly denied by the shale gas industry.

The Takeaway

Here’s what we know. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. Reducing the amount that escapes into the atmosphere every year would help control global heating. Industry is unable or unwilling to identify and remediate methane leaks, even if that means the environment becomes less able to support human life.

The economic system currently in effect in most developed countries places the burden on society to clean up any emission


Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas May Be Significantly Underestimated

Estimates of methane coming from natural sources have been too high, shifting the burden to human activities

The fossil fuel industry may be responsible for a much greater share of the world’s methane emissions than previously estimated, according to new research that could intensify urgency around curbing the potent gas from oil and gas production.

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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/methane-emissions-from-oil-and-gas-may-be-significantly-underestimated/

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Texas & New Mexico communities & experts urge COP25 to defuse Permian’s carbon bomb

Impacted residents travel to Madrid to highlight that planned infrastructure to process & export Permian oil & gas would guarantee catastrophic climate change

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Madrid, Dec 4 — Today at an official COP25 side event Texas and New Mexico residents — impacted by the extraction of Permian Basin oil & gas, and by planned infrastructure to transport, process and export it — informed delegates and other attendees that catastrophic climate change is inevitable unless the Permian infrastructure expansion is stopped.

“The Permian Basin is an oil and gas carbon bomb that’s exploding, and it’s happening right now. If we can’t defuse it, the world cannot avoid catastrophic

climate change. Major oil companies are trying to lock in decades more oil and gas demand by building infrastructure from the Permian to the Texas Gulf Coast to transport, process and export the world’s largest current oil & gas play,” said Earthworks’ Energy Campaigner Ethan Buckner.

Between 2018 and 2050, production of new U.S. oil and gas reserves could unlock 120 billion metric tons of new carbon pollution. Meanwhile the U.S. — thanks to Permian production — just marked its first month as a net exporter since records have been kept. If production and expansion are not curtailed, U.S. oil and gas expansion will impede the rest of the world’s ability to manage a climate-safe, equitable phase out of oil and gas production.

Although communities across the region are bearing the brunt of impacts from oil, gas and petrochemical development, those most at risk from the Permian expansion are those already the most impacted by social and environmental injustice. And on Texas’ Gulf Coast — where the oil & gas is processed and exported — they’re suffering twice: from the operations’ toxic pollution, and from intensified climate change.

“I live less than two miles from the Ship Channel in the East End of Houston, TX. My dad was a United Steelworker who died of cancer in 2016, and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that same year. So I’m well aware that workers and fenceline communities are paying with their health the price of daily exposure to toxic pollution from oil and gas infrastructure,” said Ana

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No One Should Have to Breathe These Chemicals – AnaParras of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (@tejasbarrios). HOUSTON — While families across the country celebrated Thanksgiving with their loved ones, more than 50,000 people in Port Neches, Tex., were forced to evacuate from their homes and spend the holiday in makeshift shelters

“America’s national leadership has failed by placing short term gain over global sustainability and ecological responsibility. I am deeply concerned that the wild abandon and insane profits of the oil patch in Carlsbad have exacerbated the divide between rich and poor, creating serious economic injustices,” said Reverend David Rogers, First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Carlsbad, NM

Scientific study and optical gas imaging videos demonstrate that the worst recorded oil and gas methane pollution is in the Permian Basin of Texas & New Mexico. Because methane is 86 times more powerful a climate pollutant than carbon dioxide, and because it only stays in the atmosphere for 12 years while carbon dioxide remains for as long as 200 years, eliminating methane pollution is among the quickest, if not the quickest, way to mitigate future climate change impacts.

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“I travel the Permian Basin with an optical gas imaging camera that makes visible the normally invisible methane pollution the oil & gas industry often claims doesn’t exist. If you could see what I see, there might not be a fracking boom. Seeing is believing,” said Earthworks Field Advocate Nathalie Eddy.

Contact: Nathalie Eddy (in Madrid): +1.720.935.7404, neddy@earthworks.org; Alan Septoff (in United States): +1.202.271.2355, aseptoff@earthworks.orghttps://yubanet.com/enviro/texas-new-mexico-communities-experts-urge-cop25-to-defuse-permians-carbon-bomb/Seeingisbelieving,”saidEarthworksFieldAdvocateNathalieEddy

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Together we spotlight regulators’ responsibility to protect the public from the industry’s pollution — and hold them accountable when they don’t.

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There is a huge global spike in methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases driving climate change over the last decade, according Harvard University Studies. The U.S. is the biggest culprit, mostly from oil and gas fracking wells, there are over a million of them, with half already abandoned. Obama introduced laws so that the industry would -voluntarily- at least measure the leaks. But even that is being repealed by the Trump administration, a criminal and ecocidal policy in the light of years of concrete scientific proof that the methane emissions are tipping us towards imminent uncontrollable climate chaos.. Controlling methane emissions would be a quick way to pause climate change, while CO2 remains in the atmosphere for many decades.


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Oil and gas pollution can cause health problems for nearby communities ranging from asthma and nosebleeds to increased risk of cancer. It also releases large volumes of methane, a potent climate pollutant 86 times worse for climate than carbon dioxide.

Our state-of-the-art OGI cameras, operated by our ITC-certified thermographers, make visible 20 normally invisible volatile organic compounds, including the carcinogens benzene and toluene, and methane.

Thanks to generous Earthworks supporters, we have been documenting pollution with FLIR GasFinder 320 optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras since 2014. Our cameras are the same model used by industry and government agencies to detect leaks and chronic pollution, and our camera operators receive the same training.

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Public Resistance in the US is limited as Water and Environmental laws were suspended for the gas and oil fracking entrepeneurs and compensation is impossible for the huge public and animal health epidemics caused by exploding lethal chemicals in huge quantities close to groundwater.

US Fracking has benefited from state support, free loans and exemption from environmental and climate costs. Even so the industry has always been close to bankruptcy, wells are short lived and up to half a million are abandoned, many with lakes of toxic chemicals.

Nevertheless Fracking has made the US self sufficient in energy, and the web of pipelines bringing the gas and oil mostly to the Texas Gulf coast has spawned a huge LNG export industry, now set to expand fivefold, and a giant LPG volume supplying a mushrooming plastics industry.

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