SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Researchers have found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems across the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years.
The researchers at Washington State University pointed to upgrades in metering and regulating stations, changes in pipeline materials, better instruments for leaks and regulatory changes for dropping methane emissions from 36 percent to 70 percent.READ MORE: 'Beyond Reckless': Atlanta Attorneys Plan To Sue Arrive Perimeter Apts. After Explosion
The study showed significant variation by region, with some areas showing higher than average emissions because of large differences in the age and type of pipe.READ MORE: Wet Weekend Ahead: Two Inches Of Rain Expected As Nicholas Hovers Over The Gulf Region
The study was published Tuesday in Environmental Science & Technology.
With a series of partner studies, it is helping to determine the natural gas industry’s contribution to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.MORE NEWS: Ceremony Held At Atlanta School Renamed For Herman J. Russell
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