U.S. Natural Gas Producers Go Green
Public concern about the extraction of natural gas from U.S. shale formations has prompted energy companies to employ greener solutions, an executive said.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that shale gas operators are using a process dubbed green completion, which filters out drilling debris, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other impurities from gas emitted during well completion processes.
Andrew Place, a public policy research director at EQT Corp. in Pittsburgh, told the newspaper that concerns associated with shale oil and gas production in the United States is driving policy.
“Public concerns have pushed the engineers to come up with solutions,” he said.
The newspaper states that the Environmental Protection Agency is requiring energy companies to use green completions across the board within the next three years, except were exploratory wells aren’t connected to pipelines.
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