Pressure to Reduce Methane Emissions Highlights the Need for Better Monitoring

Topics: Environment R&D
Photo courtesy of Howard Shorthill, Utah State.
A floating emissions collection device is systemically moved around a produced water pond in Utah by researchers from Utah State University measuring emissions rising from the water.

The US government is working on regulations to reduce oil industry methane emissions by more than 40% over the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, it is making a large investment in research seeking reliable ways to measure how much of the methane in the atmosphere is from natural gas production versus other sources of the gas that can lead to global warming and smog.

“We can tell how dirty the air is. What is really tricky is ‘where it is coming from.’ ” said Susan Stuver, a senior research scientist at the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, who was among the first persons to begin gathering emissions data in unconventional gas plays.

...
This article is reserved for SPE members and JPT subscribers.
If you would like to continue reading,
please Sign In, JOIN SPE or Subscribe to JPT

Pressure to Reduce Methane Emissions Highlights the Need for Better Monitoring

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

01 March 2015

Volume: 67 | Issue: 3

STAY CONNECTED

Don't miss out on the latest technology delivered to your email weekly.  Sign up for the JPT newsletter.  If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.