Mobile Measurement of Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Developments in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada
Authored by: John Werring, Emmaline Atherton, David Risk, Chelsea Fougère, Martin Lavoie, Alex Marshall, James P. Williams, Christina Minions
Partners: St. Francis Xavier University’s Flux Lab
Published in: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
The David Suzuki Foundation, in partnership with St. Francis Xavier University’s Flux Lab, conducted the first comprehensive measurement of fugitive methane emissions, both vented and leaked, in B.C. Results were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. This research used a conservative methodology and sophisticated gas-detection instruments covering more than 8,000 kilometres of oil and gas roads in northeastern B.C. to determine a minimum inventory of methane emissions.
The findings reveal that methane emissions from B.C.’s Montney region alone are greater than what the provincial government has estimated for the entire industry. This suggests that methane emissions from the industry as a whole are at least 2.5 times higher than what the province estimates. In addition, this survey found that approximately 47 per cent of active wells are emitting methane-rich plumes.
Fugitives in Our Midst: Investigating Fugitive Emissions from Abandoned, Suspended and Active Oil and Gas Wells in the Montney Basin in Northeastern British Columbia
This report investigates fugitive emissions from abandoned, suspended and active oil and gas wells in the Montney Basin in northeastern British Columbia.
Investigation by the David Suzuki Foundation into Issues of Potential Environmental Concern Related to Oil and Gas Development in the Montney Shale Play in Northeastern British Columbia, August 14 – 28, 2015
This report is a summary of our discoveries in a field investigation in the Montney basin in northeastern B.C.