More gas wells on the way for Rayzor Ranch
Thursday, March 11, 2010
And Range Resources has been such a “good neighbor” that I’m sure there is much jubilation in the neighborhood to learn it will start all over again. Twice. At least.
Using some basic logic here, we could assume that the current well is a success or they wouldn’t be drilling more wells.
Since we can assume the well is a success, then can we also assume that Range will use a green completion and won’t need to do this? If so, that would make them a better neighbor. Right now, their “good neighbor” rating is pretty low according to the neighbors.
What’s the big deal about flaring? Find out!
Tullow Oil given licence to flare Ugandan gas
Shell flares gas near Warri, in the Niger delta. Shell’s gas flaring in the country is regarded as the biggest source of carbon emissions in sub-Saharan Africa. Photograph: George Osodi/AP
Tullow Oil, the London-based oil operator, has signed contracts with the Ugandan government allowing it to flare gas with the potential to release huge volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, according to a report by non-governmental organizations.
The flaring of gas in Nigeria is regarded as the biggest source of CO2 emissions in sub-Saharan Africa. Shell has repeatedly failed to follow through on promises to put an end to flaring, despite court orders demanding it stop
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The size of the flame and the location of the site near a park are appalling and ridiculous. But, from an emissions stand point, a burning flame upon a flare is actually a sign that the flare is working in a somewhat “efficient” manner. What would be truly worrisome is if the flare was emitting uncombusted emissions. This can not be detected by the naked eye. This is where odor detection and IR imagery come into play. Hopefully a formal complaint has been made with the TCEQ regarding the facility so they can come take a look with the IR camera and other survey equipment.
Flaring is obviously a hot issue. With IR technology, O&G flaring has been somewhat exposed to be not as efficient as once pitched by O&G companies. Especially when the flare is not operating properly; i.e. emissions flowing from the flare without combustion, which happens often, as operating these flares properly costs money.
Hopefully, Range Resources doesn’t have the gall to actually improperly operate this flare given its’ location. But, as we all know, nothing is surprising when it comes to O&G production. The TCEQ needs to take a look at this flare during non-peak business hours, such as overnight. That’s when Range may think they can get away with emitting uncombusted emissions.
If you think flares are clean, think again. Emissions from flares are far ranging, including SO2, some uncombusted H2S, formaldehyde, CO2, water vapor (with dissolved toxins), BTEX compounds, other VOC's, NOX's, and on and on it goes.
We will post air testing results obtained during flaring. The TCEQ was notified and 24 hour air samples were taken during non-peak business hours.
I am sure what evidence we did not obtain regarding Range's unethical business practices during this well can be obtained during the next four wells.