Academic Venture Fund - 2011

Fugitive Emissions in Natural Gas Production from Shale

Gas flare at methane drilling site

Natural gas is commonly extracted from shale, yet the total greenhouse gas footprint of shale-derived gas is unknown—and may be greater than conventional gas—due to uncertainty about the fugitive emission of methane. This project will quantify the methane released by shale gas development and reassess the global methane budget. The findings will have important economic ramifications for a carbon tax or any system of carbon exchange.

Investigators: Jed Sparks, , Bob Howarth, Anthony Ingraffea, Natalie Mahowald