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Alternative to wasteful methane flaring developed by WSU researchers
August 1, 2017

Bakken methane flareBy Eric Sorensen, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Jean-Sabin McEwen knocks out a Web search for “North Dakota,” “night sky” and “flaring,” and quickly finds a picture from space showing a glowing cluster bigger than Minneapolis. It’s from oil and gas fields burning off methane, producing as much greenhouse gas in a year as 1 million cars.

Direct measurements show lower local methane emissions
March 31, 2015

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Lamb-BPULLMAN, Wash. – A team led by Washington State University researchers has found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns throughout the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years with significant variation by region. 

Rock Doc: Seas on Titan and your heating bill
December 23, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Like most regions of the country, the area where I live suffered through colder than average temperatures in mid-November. If you pay your heating bill month by month, you are now facing the sticker shock that results from those bitter times. Happy holidays.

Rock Doc column: New lessons in petroleum access
January 14, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When I was young geology student, I learned the basics of petroleum production as they were then understood. Deep layers of sedimentary rocks, including shale, were the “source rocks” for hydrocarbons.

Summer undergrad research tracks natural gas leaks
July 30, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – While some college students spend their summers tracking down the perfect vacation spot, Alex Lambdin spends his tracking down methane emissions leaking from natural gas pipelines.

 

Lambdin, a senior in civil engineering, is one of more than 60 students from around the country and Washington State University participating in a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program at WSU supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture, research areas include atmospheric chemistry, smart homes and mechanical and materials engineering.

 

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