Cleaner Fuels for a Greener Future
Oilheat is a petroleum-based fuel that benefits from recent technological advances, like the introductions of Bioheat® and ultra-low-sulfur Oilheat. Utility gas is made up largely of methane, a greenhouse gas, which leaks into the atmosphere during production and distribution.
• Low emissions. Modern Oilheat systems produce near-zero levels of emissions, and the recent introduction of Bioheat® and ultra-low-sulfur Oilheat has lowered emissions even further. Combined with new systems that "re-burn" combustion gases, Oilheat systems produce air emissions at rates that are as low as those for gas-burning equipment.
• Greenhouse gas. "Natural gas" is made up mostly of methane - which, as a greenhouse gas, traps 20 times more heat in the atmosphere than the carbon dioxide released by Oilheat equipment. Up to 12% of the natural gas (methane) transferred through the nation's 300,000 miles of pipeline is lost into the environment through leakage.* Oilheat, which is stored and transported as a liquid, does not leak particulates into the atmosphere during transport.
• Fracking. Recent headlines have exposed a controversial gas drilling practice that is causing plenty of protests around the country. The practice is called hydrofracturing - "fracking" for short - a process by which millions of gallons of chemical-laced water are injected underground at very high pressure to free the gas. The natural gas industry estimates 60% to 80% of new wells require fracking to be profitable - but not without a cost: This controversial practice is being reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency because of numerous complaints about water contamination and health problems.* Some residents near gas wells have flammable gas coming from their water faucets.**
*U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release, March 18, 2010
**Scientific American, What the Frack? Natural Gas from Subterranean Shale Promises U.S. Energy Independence - with Environmental Costs, March 30, 2010