by Joe Massaro 10/15/2014 in Norwood News Breaking Bronx
A recent letter to the editor by Diana Pedi titled, Climate Change Happens in The Bronx Too took aim at fracking even though it’s thanks to fracking and the increased use of natural gas that the U.S. has significantly lowered greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Pedi, fracking is to blame for climate change because, “fracking releases methane.” That claim has been directly contradicted by the EPA, which just released data from its annual Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. EPA found that oil and gas producers reduced emissions of methane 12 percent from 2011 to 2013, and methane emissions from fracking specifically decreased by an amazing 73 percent. If EPA data isn’t enough, a study by the University of Texas and the Environmental Defense Fund, which looked directly at measurements of methane from 190 well pads, found very low emission rates.
It’s especially interesting to hear someone from the Bronx speak of health issues when we know that because of fracking in the Marcellus shale New Yorkers – specifically those living in the city – are breathing the cleanest air in 50 years. As former...