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Atmospheric pressure impacts greenhouse gas emissions from leaky oil and gas wells

Fluctuations in atmospheric pressure can heavily influence how much natural gas leaks from wells below the ground surface at oil and gas sites, according to new University of British Columbia research. However, current monitoring strategies do not take this phenomenon into account, and therefore may be under- or over-estimating the true magnitude of gas emissions.  The unintentional leakage of natural gas from oil and gas wells into the surrounding subsurface -- known as fugitive gas migration -- is a major environmental concern that can lead to groundwater contamination and the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  Read more.....

 

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