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Even when U.S. natural gas is super-chilled into a liquid form, shipped by tanker around the globe, and burned to generate electricity, it producers fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the coal it often displaces, according to an industry analysis released Monday.
The EIA analysis also throws some cold water on the entire pro-export crusade, suggesting that widely selling U.S. crude abroad would do little to boost either domestic oil prices or production.
Buildings in counties where natural gas is most actively being extracted from the Marcellus shale have in the past decade had much higher measurements of radioactive radon than buildings in low-activity areas, according to the new research.
The research suggests that advancements in equipment and better maintenance are helping drive down emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.
This is the first report to examine the issue in light of the recent decline in oil prices, now slashed to less than half their June 2014 high.
New research suggests two major oil sector sources of methane emissions are techniques to dislodge fluid from wells and the pneumatic devices used to control valves at the sites.
The government’s top energy analysts weighed into the debate on exporting crude Thursday, releasing a study asserting that the cost of gasoline inside the United States is closely tied to the price of international crudes, not domestic oil.
New research is shedding more light on the fate of the crude that gushed out of BP’s failed Macondo well in 2010.
The biggest owners of oil and gas companies aren’t found inside their boardrooms.
Ending the United States’ longstanding ban against most crude exports could lift oil prices inside the country while decreasing the cost of gasoline, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.