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Subject:  Natural gas worse than coal Date:  1/2/2013  9:03 PM
Author:  waterfell Number:  40137 of 92151

A new study shows there are more fugitive methane leaks in the natural gas supply system than previously acknowledged. This means natural gas could be worse for the environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions than coal. Leakage rates of 9% were recently reported in Utah.

"We were expecting to see high methane levels, but I don’t think anybody really comprehended the true magnitude of what we would see," says Colm Sweeney, who led the aerial component of the study as head of the aircraft programme at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder.

- Pete
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