Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fracking Makes Natural Gas No Cleaner than Coal

A new chapter opens on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, with the publication of research showing the natural gas recovered from the process is no cleaner than burning coal or oil.

Cornell ecology professor Robert Howarth argues that the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with hydraulic fracturing--or fracking, as it is sometimes called--are much greater than those associated with traditional drilling methods for natural gas.

He says by the time emissions are calculated from water-trucking, pipeline-laying, cutting forests and leaking methane deposits the fuel is not worth pursuing from a climate-change perspective. ...


"Government and industry should not be moving ahead on the basis of what is already misleading and incomplete information," Howarth said, arguing for a moratorium...
Read the full Jon Hurdle article HERE.


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