26 Oct '14, 1am

NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over US Southwest was Caused by Coal via @Inhabitat

NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over US Southwest was Caused by Coal via @Inhabitat

The methane cloud tracks back to 2003, before the natural gas hydraulic fracturing boom in the southwest, which has been blamed for releasing large amounts of methane. In fact, so much methane is released during fracking that it has contributed to methane’s place as the second emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Since the cloud appeared before the boom, it seems that coal mining could be the culprit instead. According to NASA, the San Juan Basin in northwest New Mexico is the most active coalbed methane production area in the country. Coalbed methane is methane found in coal seams and supplies about eight percent of total natural gas production in the United States.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/coal-mining-caused-massive-methane-c...

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