One oil field in US responsible for global ethane gas increase

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by Plazma Inferno!, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    A single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade's increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new study led by the University of Michigan.
    The researchers found that the Bakken Formation, an oil and gas field in North Dakota and Montana, is emitting roughly 2 percent of the globe's ethane. That's about 250,000 tons per year.
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  3. Schneibster Registered Member

    This formation has only started being exploited since fracking was developed, and the exploitation has resulted in another source of strong greenhouse gases.

    I will leave others to draw their own conclusions.
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