Chasing a fossil-fuel fugitive

My Clean Break column today takes a look at “fugitive” emissions — typically methane — from the natural gas and oil sectors in Canada. I like to call them the industry’s dirty not-so-little secret, because when we think of fossil fuels we think mostly about the emissions that result from their combustion. But not as much, if any, public attention has been drawn to the unintentional (i.e. leaks) and intentional (i.e. venting) of methane at processing facilities and along pipeline infrastructure. Fugitive emissions from Canada’s oil and gas sectors in 2006 amounted to the equivalent of about 60 megatonnes of CO2, up 65 per cent since 1990. Surprisingly, this represents nearly 8 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. As you’ll read from the column, the biggest problem is a lack of regulation and ability to detect these emissions. Once that’s solved, often it’s just a matter of tightening a bolt.

3 thoughts on “Chasing a fossil-fuel fugitive”

  1. I read about nuke waste coming from coal-fired generating stations. Something about the weight of uranium and it not leaving the furnace like a good little emission, therefore building up there.

  2. Wow I had absolutely no idea, that this was such a problem, I do know that there are bad things that give off these gases and that its whats contributing to the problems with the ozone layer, but had no idea about the nuke waste that Jp was speaking of in his comment.

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