Oil Well Emissions

Oil and natural gas wells can emit pollutants (e.g. hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide) into the atmosphere. This can be an economic waste (e.g. a missed opportunity to capture value), a direct harm to the neighborhood (causing noxious smells, headaches, or worse), and can contribute to global climate change (by releasing greenhouse gases such as methane or carbon dioxide).

Similarly, natural gas pipelines can emit methane unintentionally.

Approaches to addressing these problems have included voluntary standards, regulation, monitoring, and taxation.

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June 2015
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Dan Kegel