A new report by the University of Melbourne Energy Institute has found that unmeasured methane leakage and fugitive emissions from unconventional gasfields could cause Australia to fail its Paris climate commitments.
For the first time in Australia, CSIRO is developing a dedicated methane research program in the Surat Basin which will help define Australia’s coal-seam gas (CSG) emission profile.
Lock the Gate has hailed the publication of Australia’s first peer-reviewed research into ‘fugitive’ methane emissions from coal-seam gas mining, saying it backs up similar research in the US.
Leaking methane is the Achilles' heel of Australia’s coal seam gas export industry, so there was a rush last week to welcome the CSIRO’s first measurements of these 'fugitive emissions', which found little leakage. But the finding was much narrower than initial reports suggested.