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Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) 2013

What can be done to measure, monitor and reduce the climate impacts of increased oil and gas production spurred by hydraulic fracturing (fracking)?

In recent years the scale of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil and natural gas in the United States has grown enormously. This might be positive news for efforts to mitigate climate change, since natural gas produces fewer carbon emissions than other fossil fuels in many situations, but there are also reasons for concern, including fugitive methane emissions associated with natural gas production and the carbon footprint of oils recovered through these methods. This contest seeks proposals on how to measure, monitor, and reduce the climate impacts of fracking. See more...

Reduce emissions from hydrocarbon production
United States
Any Actor
Any kind of action

15 Proposals

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Adapt currently used NEPA/CEQA regulation and policy to include fracking projects and proposals.
Coupled Climate Model experiments and methane leakage measurement
We brainstormed ideas on fracking to make it safer.
The Bush Administration removal of regualtory authority over the use of fracking to extract natural gas no means exist to assess process.
Bismuth thiols may be the solution to biofilms that cause a wide range of deleterious and expensive problems for the oil and gas industry
Methane emissions can increase the impact of fracking on climate change. Require that they be monitored.
Regulate fracking by coupling legal liability for environmental damage to individual operating companies. This imposes risks/costs on them.
Although the chemical mix used by frackers is ostensibly available to the public, this is far from the case! Make this information available
A MIT paper concludes that direct capture of CO2 from the air is possible. Fracking wells can sequester the CO2 from
Use CO2 instead of water for fracking.
Inertia dynamics are designed to help reduce the climate impacts of hydraulic fracturing in natural gas well production.