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RE: [cdn-nucl-l] Natural gas and greenhouse gas production
Mike English wrote:
From: English, Michael
To: Brown, Morgan; cdn-nucl-l (E-mail)
Sent: 1/15/2003 9:40 AM
Subject: RE: [cdn-nucl-l] Natural gas and greenhouse gas production
The second point, and this goes back to my university days so I might
have it mixed up, is about your question of losses in Canada's
distribution system. In an environmental chemistry class in 2nd year,
we learned of a large methane pipeline that operated in the former USSR
and effectively supplied gas to the entire Union. As I recall, global
methane emissions actually went down after the collapse of the USSR as
this pipeline's use was discontinued at that time. As I understand it,
it leaked like a sieve.
What Mike says about global methane emissions and the collapse of the Soviet
Union is certainly plausible. Leaking natural gas was responsible for a
horrific disaster about 15 years ago near Ufa in the Ural Mountains.
A natural gas pipeline and a railroad line shared a mountain pass through
the Urals. The pipeline leaked, two passing trains ignited the gas cloud,
and more than 600 people died.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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