Researchers at Princeton University recently issued a news release that they had published a paper in the National Academy of Sciences concerning methane emissions from abandoned gas wells. According to the news release, researchers from Princeton tested a sample of abandoned oil and natural gas wells in northwestern Pennsylvania and determined that many of the old wells leak substantial quantities of methane. The researchers noted that methane is a powerful greenhouse gas with approximately 20 times the heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide and called for wider investigation into the amount of methane leaking from old abandoned wells. Their findings were published in a paper published December 8 in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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