A new MIT study finds that fugitive emissions from natural gas shale production has been overstated:  "A new study by MIT researchers shows the amount of methane emissions caused by shale gas production has been largely exaggerated. *** ‘While increased efforts need to be made to reduce emissions from the gas industry overall, the production of shale gas has not significantly increased total emissions from the sector,’ says Francis O’Sullivan, a researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative and the lead author of the study released this week in Environmental Research Letters."  (Emphasis is ours.)

For a copy of the press release (and a link to the study itself), see here.