EPA Data Shows Methane Emissions Declining Despite Activists' Claims About Drilling
From Heartlander Magazine:
Data Show Emissions Decline
EPA data show no such spike in U.S. methane emissions. According to EPA’s “Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2011,” U.S. methane emissions are in long-term decline – with minor year-to-year variations – with 2011 emissions (the most recent year for which EPA has data) down 8 percent from 1990 levels. Methane emissions are down 5 percent since 2007, when the fracking boom began.
Methane emissions specific to natural gas are also in long-term decline. Natural gas methane emissions are down 10 percent since 1990, down 9 percent since 2000, and down 16 percent since 2007.
The ongoing decline in methane emissions supplements ongoing declines in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are down 6 percent since 2000 and down 9 percent since 2007.