BOULDER — Boulder-based scientists will launch a study Monday to determine how gas emissions from shale oil and natural gas basins in the western United States affect air quality.
Using more than a dozen state-of-the-art chemical instruments, a team of seven scientists will measure trace gas emissions as they fly a research aircraft over production sites in various stages of development located across the West. The project, dubbed SONGNEX 2015, is expected to conduct 15 research flights out of Colorado and Texas between March and May.
The collaborative study is a joint project of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Sites of interest in the study include the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, the Niobrara shale formation of northern Colorado, Wyoming and the Four Corners area.
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