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For Frack's Sake: 95% of Emissions Omitted from EPA Reporting

Here is an EPA interactive webpage showing the methane emissions and other emissions that come directly from the gas and oil industry.  

Some natural gas supporters can imply that methane only comes from thawing swamps in the arctic, but the EPA has the data. Right here.

You can look it up by state, by county even. By type of greenhouse gas. Numbers are given in metric tons.

Now the drawback to this data is simply this: 95 percent of emissions from fracking are not included in this data because these wells are not required to report. It is estimated that 95 percent of emissions are not reported to the EPA from fracking.

That is why seven states are now gearing up to sue the EPA to get that information known and reported. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the charge.  

According to Schneiderman's December 11 press release:

Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas. Pound for pound, it warms the climate about 25 times more than carbon dioxide. EPA has found that the impacts of climate change caused by methane include “increased air and ocean temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, melting and thawing of global glaciers and ice, increasingly severe weather events -- such as hurricanes of greater intensity -- and sea level rise.” In 2009, EPA determined that methane and other greenhouse gases endanger the public’s health and welfare.

The EPA’s decision not to directly address the emissions of methane from oil and natural gas operations – including hydrofracking -- leaves almost 95% of these emissions uncontrolled.

“We simply can’t continue to ignore the evidence of climate change or the catastrophic threat that unabated greenhouse gas pollution poses to our families, our communities and our economy,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “While it is clear that methane from oil and natural gas development contributes substantially to climate change pollution, regulators have failed to require the industry to use available and cost-effective measures to control these emissions. Today, our coalition is putting EPA on notice that we are prepared to sue to force action on curbing climate change pollution from the oil and gas industry.”

A copy of Schneiderman's notice of intent to sue can be found here.

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