Methane, like carbon dioxide, is a greenhouse gas that absorbs the sun’s heat, warming the planet. Methane is particularly problematic as its warming impact is 34 times greater than carbon dioxide. A significant source of human-made methane emissions comes from fossil fuel production. For example, methane is a major by-product of the extraction of oil and natural gas, but policymakers remain unsure how much methane is released by the oil and gas industry. This public seminar was part of a two-day workshop on Re-thinking National Methane Emissions Quantification and Mitigation that is investigating better ways to both measure and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
SPEAKERS: Melissa Weitz U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation Eric Kort University of Michigan, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
The seminar was organized by Dr. Mary Kang and Dr. Peter Douglas, as part of a joint TISED-TISPP workshop on methane emissions quantification and mitigation.
|Mary Kang is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University. Her recent work includes studies of methane, carbon dioxide, and water migration through geologic faults and abandoned oil and gas wells and research on deep groundwater supply and quality.|
|Peter Douglas is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University, and a fellow of the Trottier Institute for Science and Public Policy (TISPP). His recent work has focused on developing new chemical tracers for methane production and emissions, both in wetlands and in the oil and gas sector.|