06 Jan '12, 11pm

On Shale Gas, Warming and Whiplash

In April 2011, my colleagues Tony Ingraffea, Renee Santoro, and I published the first comprehensive analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shale gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing, with a focus on methane emissions, in the journal Climatic Change Letters. Our analysis was challenged by Cathles et al. (2012). We were invited by the journal to write a reply, with the understanding that the criticism of Cathles et al. and our reply would be published simultaneously early this year. Unfortunately, a mistake by the publisher apparently resulted in the premature publication of the Cathles et al. piece earlier today. We are still finalizing our reply, but we fully expect to have a reply finished and ready for publication within a few weeks at most, with publication on line following within 1-2 months after that. We stand by our approach and findings published last Apri...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/on-shale-gas...

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