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Reports, White Papers and Technical Articles

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The technical articles and additional resources listed below include information about options for reducing methane emissions and other Natural Gas STAR related issues.

Links to the articles have been provided, where available; however, due to copyright limitations, EPA is not able to link to all articles and reports. In those cases, please use the information provided to access the resource.

General Natural Gas Industry & Methane Emissions

Designing the Ideal Offshore Platform Methane Mitigation Strategy, Society of Petroleum Engineers, April 2010 (PDF) (27 pp., 285K)

Methane's Role in Promoting Sustainable Development in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry, World Gas Conference Paper, October 2009 (PDF) (21 pp., 233K)

Energy Sector Methane Recovery and Use: The Importance of Policy, International Energy Agency, August 2009 (PDF) (46 pp., 1M) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Emissions from Natural Gas Production in the Barnett Shale Area and Opportunities for Cost-Effective Improvements, report by Southern Methodist University, January 2009 (PDF) (4 pp., 177K) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Reducing Emissions Can Boost Profits, The American Oil & Gas Reporter, July 2007 (PDF) (45 pp., 414K)

Global Health Benefits of Mitigating Ozone Pollution with Methane Emission Controls. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, March 2006 (PDF) (6 pp., 411K)

Methane Emissions from the Natural Gas Industry — co-sponsored by GRI and EPA (June 1996)

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Gas Processing Plants

Rupture Pin ESVs Reduce Gas Emissions, Pipeline & Gas Journal, April 2006

Cost-Effective Directed Inspection and Maintenance Control Opportunities at Five Gas Processing Plants and Upstream Gathering Compressor Stations and Well Sites, report by Clearstone Engineering, March 2006 (PDF) (74 pp, 5.1 MB)

Identification and Evaluation of Opportunities to Reduce Methane Losses at Four Gas Processing Plants, report by Clearstone Engineering, June 2002 (PDF) (160 pp, 1.3MB)

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Leak Detection

Curbing Climate Change by Sealing Gas Leaks, New York Times, October 2009 Exit EPA Disclaimer

Atmos Energy Offers New Vapor Extraction Technology, Pipeline & Gas Journal, October 2006

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Pipelines

New Measurement Data Has Implications For Quantifying Natural Gas Losses From Cast Iron Distribution Mains, Pipeline & Gas Journal, September 2009 (PDF) (4 pp, 799 K)

Robot Technology Detects Flaws in Plastic Pipelines, The American Oil & Gas Reporter, September 2006

Pinhole Leaks in Gas Service Risers Causing Meter Fires, Pipeline & Gas Journal, April 2006

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Tanks

VRUs Demonstrate Economic Value, The American Oil & Gas Reporter, May 2006

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Wells

Smarter clocks automate multiple well plunger lift, Oil & Gas Journal, August 21, 2006

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