Energy | April 01, 2010 |
Fracking Makes Natural Gas No Cleaner than Coal, Study Says
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.
This undoubtedly will add fuel to the arguments of those who say the fracking process poses serious risk to ground water supplies.
Earlier this week, a story broke concerning three major oil companies who do not want regulations for fracking in new climate change legislation.
Reprinted with permission from Sustainable Business