Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Infrastructure and Use in the Urban Region of Boston, Massachusetts

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Published online before print Jan. 23, 2015; doi:10.1073/pnas.1416261112) / by Kathryn McKain, et al.

[From an Energy Wire article by Pamela King, sub. req’d]  Methane emissions from Boston’s natural gas distribution systems may be two to three times higher than existing inventories estimate, according to a new study…Though Massachusetts’ greenhouse gas inventory reports methane emissions from natural gas systems that are roughly equivalent to 1.1 percent of gas consumed in the state, the researchers measured a leakage rate between 2.1 and 3.3 percent…


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