Activist Claim: New UK PM brings back moratorium on natural gas production methods over concerns of earth tremors
The Facts: Tremors are extremely rare when using modern natural gas production methods – and natural gas is an efficient, low-emissions energy source.
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Here are some facts and sources to have a reasonable conversation about natural gas production:
- Modern natural gas production methods rarely create seismic activity that can be felt. It is usually wastewater disposal methods that trigger more seismic activity.
- Pollutants like methane in well water is usually naturally occurring and it would be a really bad well stimulation job if natural gas was able to travel sometimes more than 2km up through solid rock to water sources.
- The fluids used to produce natural gas from tight deposits are made from 99% sand and water and need to be non-toxic. Companies must also disclose the composition of their fluids upon request and must keep a record of the type of fluids used in operations.
- Despite their calls for a wind-down of traditional fuel use, the International Energy Agency still agrees that natural gas maintains a climate benefit over other fuel sources, even at leakage rates far greater than what is currently documented.