The EDF-UT study comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is set to announce whether or not it will impose new regulations on natural gas producers to curb methane emissions.
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A new study from University of Texas researchers found that methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing sites across the U.S. were only 0.38 percent of natural gas production — 10 percent below levels reported last year by the same research group.

“The overall average emission rates reported in this work are lower than the previous data sets reported by [the UT researchers] for the United States, and for British Columbia and Alberta,” UT reported in its study that was backed by the Environmental Defense Fund.