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Wed Jun 20, 2012, 03:53 AM

Experts: API/ANGA Fracking "Study" Is "Fatally Flawed"

, N.Y., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Reflecting Clear Biases and Cherry Picking of Information, Fracking Study Is "Industry Garbage In, Industry Garbage Out" That Does Not Hold Up to Close Review

The nonprofit Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) today issued the following joint statement by Profs. Anthony Ingraffea and Robert Howarth, and research technician Renee Santoro of Cornell University:

"We have analyzed the widely publicized report from the American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) which asserts that methane emissions from the natural gas sector are 50 percent lower than US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates.

The study relies on a critically flawed survey design, completely ignores many other recent studies, and would not have passed peer-review in a scientific journal. In contrast to this API/ANGA report, a recent and objective study which measured the entire rate of methane emissions from an unconventional gas field, the first of what should become one of many such studies, demonstrated emissions that were higher than EPA estimates (Petron et al. 2012).

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