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“EPA Reduces Methane Release Estimates”

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
May 1, 2013

A new U.S. Environment Protection Agency Report finds oil and gas production is releasing less methane into the atmosphere than previously thought, thanks to industry efforts.

Whitsitt agreed that oil and natural gas producers have improved their processes and reduced emissions, but he said this week’s EPA report revises data in only two of 33 categories.

The EPA still is overestimating the amount of methane released during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and well completion, Whitsitt said.

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