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Marcellus Shale: Monitoring for Methane and other Combustible Gases in Compression Stations

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Marcellus Shale: Monitoring for Methane and other Combustible Gases in Compression Stations Article; Click here to download as a pdf file (68k).

Natural gas from the Marcellus Shale is a potentially vast energy resource and there are many reasons for tapping the natural gas in the shale. The supply of natural gas in the United States is more reliable than imported fossil fuels and the delivery system is less subject to interruption. Natural gas has a high energy content (about 30 kJ/m³ [1000 Btu/ft³]). It is efficient and clean burning, emitting approximately half the carbon dioxide (CO2) than that emitted by coal burning, as well as lower levels of sulfur dioxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and mercury (Hg).

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