Shale Gas Production and Atmospheric Ethane
34 Pages Posted: 17 May 2016 Last revised: 13 Sep 2021
Date Written: May 16, 2016
A study of ground level atmospheric ethane concentrations from twenty four stations around the world in the sample period 2005-2015 does not show evidence that ethane emissions from shale gas production have reversed a falling trend in atmospheric ethane in the Northern Hemisphere. The data suggest that natural variability is the more likely cause of the observed changes in atmospheric ethane worldwide.
Keywords: fracking, natural gas production, ethane emissions, global warming, climate change, air pollution, environment
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