Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

Garrett County Montage

Air Quality

Links to articles and reports that describe fugitive emissions and how they are transported in the air and how they affect local air quality.

- 1140 - [November 9, 2012] - TEDX - The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Theo Colborn - "Air Pollution and Natural Gas Operations"
"This exploratory study was designed to assess air quality in a rural western Colorado area where residences and gas wells co-exist. Sampling was conducted before, during, and after drilling and hydraulic fracturing of a new natural gas well pad. Weekly air sampling for 1 year revealed that the number of non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) and their concentrations were highest during the initial drilling phase and did not increase during hydraulic fracturing in this closed-loop system. Methylene chloride, a toxic solvent not reported in products used in drilling or hydraulic fracturing, was detected 73% of the time; several times in high concentrations."
- 1143 - [January 11, 2015] - China Topix, Arthur Dominic Villasanta - "Fracking is a Deadly Air Pollution Threat"
"Fracking isn't just a serious threat to drinkable groundwater supplies in the U.S. It turns out this controversial method of extracting underground natural gas might make the air we breathe unbreathable.
In September, an air monitoring study in New York, Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wyoming found high levels of toxic pollutants such as the banned carcinogens benzene and formaldehyde in communities near drilling sites."
- 1164 - [January 22, 2015] - Marcellus.com, The Associated Press - "Harvard study: $90M of natural gas escapes region annually"
"Harvard researchers say millions of dollars’ worth of natural gas escapes from the Boston area’s aging pipes and tanks each year.
The scientists estimate about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the regional delivery system annually. That represents about 2.7 percent of the gas that is brought to the Boston region, or more than twice the loss rate that government regulators and utilities estimate, according to the study."
- 1275 - [NA] - eeNews, Robert B. Jackson, Avner Vengosh, Thomas H. Darrah, Nathaniel R. Warner, Adrian Down, Robert J. Poreda, Stephen G. Osborn, Kaiguang Zhao and Jonathan D. Karr - "Increased stray gas abundance in a subset of drinking water wells near Marcellus shale gas extraction"
"We analyzed 141drinking water wells across the Appalachian Plateaus physiographic province of northeastern Pennsylvania, examining natural gas concentrations and isotopic signatures with proximity to shale gas wells. Methane was detected in 82% of drinking water samples, with average concentrations six times higher for homes <1 km from natural gas wells (P=0.0006). Ethane was 23 times higher in homes<1 km from gas wells (P=0.0013); propane was detected in 10 water wells, all within approximately 1 km distance (P=0.01)."