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Shale methane leakage study doesn't hold gas, author says in critique

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 8, 2013

A highly publicized report last year that said fracking shale results in significant methane gas leakage has serious flaws, says this author in the Council on Foreign Relations' Energy, Security and Climate blog.

Michael Levi,  writes: "The study had claimed massive leakage rates for methane from natural gas production. Methane is a potent warming gas; the results, if correct, were a bombshell. My critique was simple: the original study had made unsupportable assumptions; if you removed those and instead used more of the data that the NOAA team had collected, you found implied methane leakage rates far lower than what the NOAA team had estimated."

" ...I hope that we can ... focus on serious measurements that are underway while putting this flawed study behind us."

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