Airborne lab seeks fracking leaks
By Tom Avril, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, on July 7, 2015
MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. – The inside of the Twin Otter airplane was turned into a flying laboratory, crammed with racks of computer equipment and an array of suitcase-sized plastic containers.
Its mission: to fly over the busy natural-gas drilling operations of northeastern Pennsylvania so a pair of scientists could measure how much of the stuff was leaking into the atmosphere.
In particular, the researchers were interested in the prime component of natural gas, an odorless substance called methane that gets much of the blame for global warming…..
Help Penn State Find Abandoned Oil Wells
By Melissa McCleery on February 6, 2015
“This spring, Penn State is looking for what they call “citizen scientists” to help find abandoned oil and gas wells across the state of Pennsylvania….”
Road test for methane: Getting a handle on emissions from fracking
By Anne Danahy on December 17, 2014
McHenry Township, Lycoming County. Equipped with a gray box, a map and an SUV, Thomas Lauvaux and a team from Penn State’s Department of Meteorology has been at it for hours, taking measurements and racking up the miles.
It’s one in a series of road trips across northcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania, and neighboring southern New York, aimed at figuring out how much methane is in the air and how much of it is coming from the booming natural gas industry…..