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Title: Fugitive Emissions from Shale Gas Extraction: Evaluating Mobile Measurement Techniques in the Marcellus Shale Region
Authors: Stanton, Levi
Advisors: Zondlo, Mark
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Class Year: 2015
Abstract: Advancements in unconventional shale gas extraction techniques have caused a surge in the United State’s production of natural gas. With the increase in unconventional activity, which involves both hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling, comes a growing concern about the fugitive emissions related to the extraction, transportation, and processing of natural gas. Methane, the primary component in natural gas, is a very potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 84 times that of carbon dioxide over a 20 year time horizon. Unfortunately, there is not a scientific consensus on the fugitive emission rate, nor the shape of the distribution of fugitive emission rates. Therefore, this study evaluates the feasibility of using a mobile vehicle platform for the facility-level study of emissions. For this study, three field campaigns were conducted in the Marcellus shale region with the focus on developing a methodology for measurements. The study found an average emission rate of .85 g methane per second, which is in line with similar studies conducted on well pad emissions.
Extent: 57 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2000-2016

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