Chris Chu ’19


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project Title

Measurement of Methane Leakage from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

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This summer, I interned with the Mauzerall Group measuring methane leakage at abandoned oil and gas wells in West Virginia. This project is a continuation of a previous paper detailing methane emissions at abandoned wells in Pennsylvania to see if the results of one state are scalable to a national measurement, or if it is necessary to approach it from a state-by-state basis. I also worked on a subproject comparing policy in West Virginia and Pennsylvania to see if the differences would manifest in variations in methane emissions. During my time there, I participated in all aspects of fieldwork including searching for the wells, conducting measurements, analyzing samples using gas chromatography, and interacting with the locals. I am majoring in environmental engineering, and this internship was a great taste of academia. Overall, it was a very positive experience for me; I developed meaningful relationships with my mentors and cemented my desire to pursue a career in research.

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate Science


Mauzerall Group, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


Denise Mauzerall, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School