Industry has been identifying practices that enhance safety and reduce the impact of gas shale production operations, such as:
- isolating and protecting potential spill areas
- monitoring and preventing methane leaks
- cementing wells carefully
- recycling water used in hydraulic fracturing
Avoiding fugitive methane emissions has multiple benefits. By preventing methane from escaping into the atmosphere, operators retain more saleable natural gas, and they release less heat-trapping pollution into the atmosphere.