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Bakken leaking methane, but not as much as suspected, study shows

Well pad with flares in Bakken Formation, ND – Photo credit: Jeff Peischl/ CIRES, NOAA

The Bakken oil and gas field is leaking a lot of methane, but less than some satellites report and less than the latest Environmental Protection Agency inventory for petroleum systems, according to the researchers’ calculations. That's the finding of the first field study measuring emissions of this potent greenhouse gas from the Bakken, which spans parts of North Dakota and Montana. The work was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

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