North Dakota Flares $100 Million of Natural Gas a Month

Think Progress reports that an estimated $100 million worth of natural gas is flared in North Dakota every month, depriving the US economy of a huge source of revenue, and also releasing vast amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Key Points

  • The industry can increase natural gas capture
    • 85 percent within two years
    • 90 percent capture in six years
    • Could potentially capture up to 95%
  • Currently the infrastructure does not exist.

This article, originally from Oilprice.com, raises a lot of troubling questions. Like if the U.S. has a 100-year supply of natural gas, what happens when “due to the lack of infrastructure to store, transport and compress the gas, nearly 30% has to be burned at the well in a process known as flaring.”

Also according to the article, “The industry can increase natural gas capture to 85 percent within two years, 90 percent capture in six years, and could capture up to 95 percent of gas.”

That’s a long time to be flaring that much natural gas.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/02/03/north-dakota-flares-100-million-of-natural-gas-a-m/

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max c
My dad and I were just talking about this same thing last week. Think if these companies could capture and use that energy as a sustainable way to drill for more energy.
3 years 5 months ago
jc
Infrastructure is needed -- so much NG supply going to waste! I can't help but think how much of an impact this supply could have had on mitigating the extreme price volatility experienced in the midcontinent consumption region this winter. If only it could reach those consumers!
3 years 4 months ago