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.
- 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.