Articles | Volume 17, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 12405–12420, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-12405-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 12405–12420, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-12405-2017

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 et al.

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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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