The natural gas industry is preparing to launch a test on methane emissions, as it prepares to test the technology that will allow it to determine if the methane that is released during natural gas combustion is really natural gas.
The test will be done in a gas-fired gas generator that will be used in a natural gas generator to determine whether the natural gas produced is the same as natural gas that has been burned in an existing gas-powered generator, according to the company that manufactures the gas generator.
The testing is expected to be done by the end of the year, said Andrew Harnad, senior vice president of government affairs for the Gas Energy Research Institute, which is developing the gas-driven gas generator at the University of Maryland.
It will be one of several test sites in the country, he said.
The company has hired a contractor to perform the testing, according the company’s website.
Harnad said the test is being conducted under an agreement with the federal government, which has been a source of frustration for the gas industry, and he said the testing is not a new one.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been working on testing methane emissions in natural gas for years, but it hasn’t done it until now.
In October, the EPA agreed to pay $2.2 million to the Natural Gas Association of America to study the methane emissions from natural gas generators.
In a separate settlement with the gas producer, the agency agreed to fund a study to determine methane emissions that are emitted in natural fuel-fired plants.
The methane emissions have been the focus of years of negotiations between the EPA and the gas companies, according a letter sent by the companies to the EPA last week.
The companies argued that EPA was slow to respond to a request to conduct the methane studies, and they said they didn’t receive an answer to their requests for more information from the agency until a week ago.
The Natural Gas Institute, a lobbying group for the natural-gas industry, said last week that methane emissions are a key concern for natural gas development.
The methane emissions of natural gas and petroleum use in the United States have increased since 2010, when the Obama administration took action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The study, to be completed by 2019, will compare emissions from different types of natural-source gas generators, Harnid said.
The tests will also include the impact of methane emissions on methane released from natural-sources.
Harmonix Corp., a company that makes home furnishing products and has a $10 billion market cap, said it is partnering with the Natural Resources Defense Council to conduct a test that will determine whether a gas generator can produce methane emissions at a much lower level than natural gas generation.
The lab will be in a landfill in New Mexico, the company said.
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