The natural gas industry is coming under greater scrutiny over its emissions, which are widely seen as aggravating global climate change, according to a recent article in The Star-Ledger.
The article notes that methane, the principle ingredient in natural gas, hasn't gotten anywhere near the same attention as carbon dioxide from governments and businesses aiming to stop climate change without hindering economies. "That is changing now as methane makes headlines because of new numbers showing more leakage than previously thought from natural gas wells and pipelines," the article states. "Some critics say natural gas is a worse climate-change polluter than coal."
Natural gas emissions began getting more attention last year when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised years of data to show that the leading source of methane emissions nationally is natural gas production.
The article quotes EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson on the subject of natural gas emissions: "Interesting thing about natural gas in particular is that there is product loss throughout the system, and that product happens to be ... a very potent greenhouse gas, it's more potent than CO2." She said she wants to work with natural gas companies to minimize leakage.
The article also quotes Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser on emissions: "Some environmental groups that once supported switching from coal to gas for electricity generation are no longer doing so over concerns about methane leakage," he is quoted as saying.
Click here to read the Star-Ledger article.