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Picture from space .... U.S. oil field is burning off enough gas to power Chicago AND Washington...
The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 28, 2013 | SIMON TOMLINSON

Posted on 01/28/2013 9:33:44 AM PST by Uncle Chip

This incredible picture from space shows how the U.S. oil industry has boomed to such an extent that a gas field now burns as brightly as a major city.

The rapid increase in shale oil production means it is now often more economical to 'flare off' unwanted gas than to sell it.

As a result, one field in North Dakota, the state leading the energy revolution, is now burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington D.C. combined.

In a recently released satellite image from NASA, the light being given off at the Bakken formation, almost twice the size of Wales, easily competes in intensity with that being emitted from those cities.

The volume of gas going up in flames at the plant rose by around 50 per cent last year alone in a practice that is causing growing concern about the waste of resources and the impact on the environment, according to the Financial Times.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bakken; burningoil; gas; northdakota; oil

1 posted on 01/28/2013 9:33:51 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

I suspect most of the light is not from flares but from lights on the number of concentrated drilling rigs operating in the area.


2 posted on 01/28/2013 9:40:12 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

And light plants on frac jobs.


3 posted on 01/28/2013 9:41:28 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Uncle Chip

Perhaps we could build a pipeline.....never mind


4 posted on 01/28/2013 9:42:01 AM PST by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: Uncle Chip

Flaring is an important part of oil production. It isn’t as wasteful as anti-’big oil’ talkers like to make it appear. The gas that is being flared off is usually ‘sour’ gas in that it contains Hydrogen Sulphide. Flaring it off is mostly done for safety reasons.


5 posted on 01/28/2013 9:42:11 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Uncle Chip

Let me be the first to call...B.S.


6 posted on 01/28/2013 9:43:25 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: Uncle Chip

If you look out in the Gulf, you can see lights from the rigs.


7 posted on 01/28/2013 9:44:40 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Uncle Chip; Dusty Rhoades

Those of us in the O&G industry just shake our heads. We’ll never convince the CACA* people otherwise


8 posted on 01/28/2013 9:45:05 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: crusty old prospector
When I first saw this picture, the lights were from a "Boom Town" with good jobs, jobs, jobs!

..so now we get the liberal spin on the picture.

9 posted on 01/28/2013 9:46:52 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Uncle Chip

Well, British reporters are experts in such things, after all.


10 posted on 01/28/2013 9:47:42 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Osage Orange

Me, too. I drove through the Eagle Ford trend the other day and I saw maybe 20 flares (all H2S as the wells were hooked up to pipelines.) They were a mile or two apart. You’re telling me that you can see that 10’ flare from space? They should take a picture on Friday night in the fall and look at all the football stadiums.


11 posted on 01/28/2013 9:49:20 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Uncle Chip
Convert the BS spewing out of this orifice into usable energy and you'll power the world for centuries...


12 posted on 01/28/2013 9:50:40 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Uncle Chip

If this is such a massive oil boom up there, why in tarnation is gas so expensive?

What’s the excuse this time?


13 posted on 01/28/2013 9:51:32 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Uncle Chip
easily competes in intensity with that being emitted from those cities.

Is he looking at the same picture as we are? It is no where nearly as bright as the major cities. It is comparable to the farmland in the central valley in California.

14 posted on 01/28/2013 9:52:40 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Seeing the Bakken lit up like this is not a bad thing; it is impressive. I agree with others that the light visible from space is probably, mostly, lights from drilling rigs.

Either way, though, it is a wonderful thing.

The flares will be dealt with in time. It takes time to build surface facilities. In our area, the gas is mostly low BTU and is not commercial, so it is consumed in steam generators along with commercial grade natgas. Hence, no visible flare. But building the network even to do that did not happen overnight.

I remember the first time I flew into Saudi Arabia, the country was lit up with flares all across the landscape. Impressive.


15 posted on 01/28/2013 9:58:41 AM PST by marron
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To: marron
The flares will be dealt with in time. It takes time to build surface facilities.

Yup. Here is a photo I took a couple years ago of the gas flares lighting up the clouds here in Southern Mi. The blue white light in the center was where a rig was when I took the photo.

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16 posted on 01/28/2013 10:05:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: mnehring

No, not safer. H2S burns to SO2 which is heavier and just as poisonous. It sinks to the low spots.

Burning gas is a waste but it is too hard to recompress it and pump it back in to the shale for pressure maintenance.


17 posted on 01/28/2013 10:08:34 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: Uncle Chip

Well its not like the govt is going to let them build a pipeline to ship it anywhere.


18 posted on 01/28/2013 10:15:33 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Why can’t this gas be directed to power a turbine and generate electricity?


19 posted on 01/28/2013 10:15:51 AM PST by lurk
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To: Uncle Chip
So ALL of the light seen from outer space is from these little flames? Some folks will believe anything.
20 posted on 01/28/2013 10:28:15 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: dragnet2
>"What’s the excuse this time?"

Solid gold camel footwashing stations in the mosque are expensive.

21 posted on 01/28/2013 10:32:22 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: TexasCajun

Imagine the hot air that could be seen spewing from D.C.
with a thermal sight in space.

Pelosi’s gaping piehole would appear to be a supervolcano.


22 posted on 01/28/2013 10:42:28 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Uncle Chip

I thought that one of the reasons given for drilling was to use the gas and petroleum.Instead,what are they doing burning it wastefully by flaring the gas off.

That gas could be used to heat homes and fuel our industrial capacity.


23 posted on 01/28/2013 10:56:24 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Uncle Chip
When I was a kid, we camped in the local "oil patch". We never bothered with lanterns in camp, because we had plenty of light from the gas "flares" at nearby well sites.

Even then, I was appalled at the waste...

24 posted on 01/28/2013 11:02:26 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: TexasCajun
I suspect most of the light is not from flares but from lights on the number of concentrated drilling rigs operating in the area.

Probably IS from flaring gas. The fact is there is a glut of natural gas in this country. Natural gas prices are extremely low and if the infrastructure to transport it (i.e. pipeline) isn't already in place then it is cheaper to flare it than build a pipeline.

25 posted on 01/28/2013 11:18:36 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Uncle Chip

UK’s Daily Mail lefty bird cage liner. If Simon Tomlinson’s hyperbole could be “burned off” it probably would provide enough energy to electrify Chicago. But it signals a big push by Obama for “climate control”.


26 posted on 01/28/2013 11:24:06 AM PST by mosesdapoet (.Should this former Chicago "Mechanic" go out of retirement ?)
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To: puppypusher
The wells have to be drilled in a rapid, scattered fashion because the acreage is expiring. If these were gas wells, the operators would already have the pipelines being built to take the gas. These are oil wells and the gas produced is minor compared to the oil. Eventually, when enough wells are drilled throughout the area, they will hook up the wells to a pipeline. To put it into prospective, the oil wells begin producing at around 1000 BOPD, which equates to $100,000 per day at $100/barrel. The gas rate is probably on the order of 500 MCFGD, which at $3.00/MCF equates to $15,000 per day. They flow the wells back for the oil and wait for the gas pipeline to come after wards. Trust me, it is temporary as the gas is still worth quite a bit.
27 posted on 01/28/2013 11:25:59 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: dragnet2

“If this is such a massive oil boom up there, why in tarnation is gas so expensive?”

Refining capacity.

The gasoline suppliers in this country have a willing partner, in the form of the federal government, which lets them act in a monopolistic manner.

If refiner ‘A’ determines that it costs too much to modernize a refinery, to meet new regulations, refiner ‘A’ just closes it.

Is he worried that refiner ‘B’ is going to open a new refinery, and take market share? Nope, its extraordinarily difficult to open up a refinery. In fact, as soon as refiner ‘A’ closes his plant, refiner ‘B’ will probably close his least profitable refinery.

The federal government has guaranteed a market that isn’t ‘free’.


28 posted on 01/28/2013 12:16:18 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: dragnet2

“If this is such a massive oil boom up there, why in tarnation is gas so expensive?.......What’s the excuse this time?”

Define “expensive”???

It’s pretty cheap, cost-wise, to get crude oil out of the ground in most places in the Middle East, though the Opec cartel controls what they are willing to sell it for regardless of cost; and it is expensive to get it “fracked” out of the ground in shale formations.

We can become more indpendent in what fossil fuels we use, or we can import even more Middle East oil, but becoming more domestically independent with respect to fossil fuels or “alternatives” will not be “cheap”.

Also, the by far largest segment of the growing domestic production of fossil fuels is natural gas much more than oil, and there there has been some decline in both wholesale and retail prices.


29 posted on 01/28/2013 12:47:49 PM PST by Wuli
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To: lacrew

Ya, I’ve heard all the excuses before.

These are just some of the reasons/excuses gas prices go up and up...

_______________________________________________

Iran is going to take over the world.

The refineries need maintenance

A school of endangered blow fish have been sucked into a pipe, and it takes time to get them out.

The speculators are doing it

We’re running out of oil

We have plenty of oil

Refineries are expensive

Americans are driving less, so they need to raise prices

The Chinese have millions of mopeds to fuel

There is a leak in a pipe in Moose Jaw Alaska

Rodents chewed through a line at the main pump station in Texas.

Demand is down but we are producing more, however our refineries have been and are being shut down

Iran has nukes

Unstable markets worldwide.

A big refinery fire

A small refinery fire

A refinery fire could possibly happen

New gas additives are being developed to make Americans even more stupid

They forgot to build a pipe

They don’t like pipes

Rich liberals want the price even higher.

Obama hates the oil industry

The oil industry hates Obama

Liberals want everyone ridding donkeys and bicycles to work as a sacrifice to mother earth

We moved more armaments to the gulf because Iran is taking over the world

Wild money printing and massive deficits

Americans love high gas prices

Refinery margins are tight…They hardly make any money at all, those working for Exxon are no collecting food stamps

The masses have no idea how free market works.

It is being exported because we are making more than we use.

Demand has fallen

Demand has risen

We need refinery upgrades and expansions

We are making more than we use so we have to sell it to the Chinese, (They have 1 billion mopeds to fuel , and need to go to work so they can send us more Communist products .

We have plenty of oil, so much so, we need to sell it abroad to keep prices low.

We have plenty of oil, so much so, we need to sell it abroad to keep prices high.

Barry intentionally pissed off the oil companies and seriously limited their profit and boy are they PO’d.

The corn crop flopped

Chickens won’t eat


30 posted on 01/28/2013 1:42:26 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Wuli

Define “expensive”???

It’s pretty cheap, cost-wise .....there there has been some decline in both wholesale and retail prices.

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Ya, I’ve heard all the reasons and excuses before.

These are just some of the reasons/excuses gas prices go up and up...

**I’ve add yours excuses below along with the others**

_______________________________________________

Iran is going to take over the world.

The refineries need maintenance

A school of endangered blow fish have been sucked into a pipe, and it takes time to get them out.

The speculators are doing it

Prostitutes cost $10,000 per minute in the oil boom towns

We’re running out of oil

We have plenty of oil

Refineries are expensive

Americans are driving less, so they need to raise prices

The Chinese have millions of mopeds to fuel

There is a leak in a pipe in Moose Jaw Alaska

Rodents chewed through a line at the main pump station in Texas.

Demand is down but we are producing more, however our refineries have been and are being shut down

Iran has nukes

Unstable markets worldwide.

A big refinery fire

A small refinery fire

A refinery fire could possibly happen

New gas additives are being developed to make Americans even more stupid

They forgot to build a pipe

They don’t like pipes

Rich liberals want the price even higher.

Obama hates the oil industry

The oil industry hates Obama

Liberals want everyone ridding donkeys and bicycles to work as a sacrifice to mother earth

We moved more armaments to the gulf because Iran is taking over the world

Wild money printing and massive deficits

Americans love high gas prices

Refinery margins are tight…They hardly make any money at all, those working for Exxon are no collecting food stamps

The masses have no idea how free market works.

It is being exported because we are making more than we use.

Demand has fallen

Demand has risen

We need refinery upgrades and expansions

We are making more than we use so we have to sell it to the Chinese, (They have 1 billion mopeds to fuel , and need to go to work so they can send us more Communist products .

We have plenty of oil, so much so, we need to sell it abroad to keep prices low.

We have plenty of oil, so much so, we need to sell it abroad to keep prices high.

Barry intentionally pissed off the oil companies and seriously limited their profit and boy are they PO’d.

The corn crop flopped

Chickens won’t eat

It’s really pretty cheap cost-wise, so stop bitching

There there has been some decline in both wholesale and retail prices.

There have been increases in both wholesale and retail prices


31 posted on 01/28/2013 1:52:04 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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