Estimating emission rates of volatile organic compounds from oil and natural gas operations in the Piceance Basin
Oil and natural gas production has been steadily increasing in Colorado for the past 10 years. Garfield County is partially located above the natural gas rich Piceance Basin. Horizontal drilling techniques provide increased access to subsurface gas deposits while hydraulic fracturing is employed to increase the permeability of the tight gas formations by pumping pressurized fluids into the ground to allow more cost-effective oil and gas extraction. Once fractured, the fluid is allowed to flow back to the surface to be captured before the well is considered producing. Our team conducted field ...
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