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Citation Label: CO097
Publication Name: A New Look at Methane and Nonmethane Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Operations in the Colorado Denver-Julesburg Basin
Publication Type: Case Study
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Author Name: Gabrielle Pétron
Other Authors: Anna Karion, Colm Sweeney, Benjamin R. Miller, and 22 Other Authors
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Publication Year: 2014
Publication No.: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
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Local Source File: CO097-new_look_at_methane_and_nonmethane_hydrocarbon.pdf
Annotation: The study showed significantly higher emissions ratings from the air above the oil and natural gas developments on the Denver-Julesburg Basin than was previously estimated by the EPA and state agencies. Estimates were taken via aircraft flying over the area of development. Disturbingly, benzene emissions could be up to seven (7) times higher than previously estimated. Benzene can have severe detrimental effects on human health and is a known carcinogen. The study attributes a startling 100% of nonmethane (propane, n-butane, i and n-pentane, and benzene) emissions to oil and natural gas development.
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