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Wasting gas

Such a shame this valuable resource has to be wasted, just because of being so cheap!—NBC

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2019/12/24/the-permian-basin-is-getting-gassier-as-wells-age-and-oil-output-declines/
Jean-David Beyer

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  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,449
    I wonder if innovation would come if prices rose. My small brain cannot comprehend flairs. Although I maintain some at landfills...
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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,329
    It would probably take government intervention to stop flaring.
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  • The oil companies seem to be required to apply for permits to flare the extra gas off.--NBC
  • SlamDunk
    SlamDunk Member Posts: 1,282

    It is a shameful waste but not flaring is worse.

    We are a mess. One century we're destroying the ozone, the next we're creating a greenhouse.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/12/climate/texas-methane-super-emitters.html
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 18,904
    Natural gas is an almost inevitable part of oil extraction. It's also highly flammable. Therefore, one needs to deal with it safely -- and economically. It's the economical and regulatory aspect which is the problem. In principle, it could all be collected and piped for commercial use, but it often requires treatment to rid it of hydrogen sulphide, carbon dioxide, and water -- which is expensive -- and shipping it out either requires compression or liquefaction -- also expensive -- or pipelines -- which are both expensive and often, these days, NIMBYed. So...

    Flare it in a controlled way.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Solid_Fuel_Man
  • Sal Santamaura
    Sal Santamaura Member Posts: 381
    SlamDunk said:

    ...One century we're destroying the ozone, the next we're creating a greenhouse...

    Nah, we've been creating an unnatural, dangerous greenhouse since starting to burn fossil fuels three centuries ago. Inflection point of atmospheric CO2 concentration was early last century.

    It's important not to confuse what uninformed people were talking about at a given time with what was really happening and understood by those having expertise.