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

Suggested Citation

Munshi, Jamal, Shale Gas Production and Atmospheric Ethane (May 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Jamal Munshi (Contact Author)

Sonoma State University ( email )

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States

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