Natural Gas from Fracking Could Be ‘Dirtier’ than Coal, Cornell Professors Find


Extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale could do more to aggravate global warming than mining coal, according to a Cornell study published in the May issue of Climatic Change Letters (105:5).

While natural gas has been touted as a clean-burning fuel that produces less carbon dioxide than coal, ecologist Robert Howarth warns that we should be more concerned about methane leaking into the atmosphere during hydraulic fracturing.

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(By Stacey Shackford, Cornell Chronicle Online)