New studies now show that fracking doesn’t contribute to global warming as much as has been feared in the past.
The most recent study, which was done by researchers at the University of Texas and published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says that drilling for natural gas doesn’t leak large amounts of methane into the air, noting that it doesn’t “significantly contribute” to global warming. This is contrary to what the federal government has estimated in the past, and is considered good news for gas and oil companies.
According to Salon, 90 percent of the funding for the research came from energy companies that are actually involved in the drilling that has long been feared to be a contributor to global warming. Researchers maintain that none of the companies had any sort of input into the study itself.
Still, environmental and anti-fracking activists are skeptical about the results of the new study. Wenonah Hauter, director of Food and Water Watch, says that the findings should not be taken completely seriously.
“This industry-sponsored ‘study’ is more spin than science,” said Hauter in a statement. “The Environmental Defense Fund is running interference for the industry.”
Spokesperson for the Environmental Defense Fund Eric Pooley maintains that the study is accurate, saying that it should be taken as good news.
“The study shows the EPA got it right in requiring hydraulically fractured natural gas wells to use green completions,” Pooley says.
Many see the findings of the study to be a step in the right direction for protecting the environment, saying that this should show that greenhouse gas emissions from fracking and drilling can be controlled and that the industry is moving in the right direction.