January 29, 2013

Natural Gas Flares...As Seen from Outer Space

Loren Steffy, Fuel Fix


The hydraulic fracturing boom may have changed the outlook for U.S. energy and even raised the possibility of energy independence,  but it’s also a reminder that waste tends to go hand in hand with abundance. NASA recently released photos such as the one above showing natural gas flares in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale burning almost as brightly as the city lights of Minneapolis.

Oil companies in the region are burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington combined, according to the Financial Times. Flared gas in North Dakota rose by 50 percent last year and permits for flaring in Texas last year were more than six times the number...

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October 24, 2013
Drop in U.S. Emissions? Thank Climate Change!
Cato Institute
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October 18, 2013
Oil Companies Are Sued for Waste of Natural Gas
Clifford Krauss, NYT
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Russia's Faltering Energy Empire
Holly Decker, The National Interest
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