Articles | Volume 17, issue 20
Research article
19 Oct 2017
Research article |  | 19 Oct 2017

Mobile measurement of methane emissions from natural gas developments in northeastern British Columbia, Canada

Emmaline Atherton, David Risk, Chelsea Fougère, Martin Lavoie, Alex Marshall, John Werring, James P. Williams, and Christina Minions


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AR by Emmaline Atherton on behalf of the Authors (31 Jul 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (14 Aug 2017) by Delphine Farmer
AR by Emmaline Atherton on behalf of the Authors (24 Aug 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Sep 2017) by Delphine Farmer
Short summary
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and leaks from natural gas infrastructure are thought to be a significant emission source. We used a mobile survey method to measure GHGs near Canadian infrastructure. Our results show that ~ 47 % of active wells were emitting. Abandoned and aging wells were also associated with emissions. We estimate methane emissions from this development are just over 111 Mt year−1, which is more than previous government estimates, but less than similar studies in the US.
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