Are we sure closed loop systems should be called a “best practice”? I think we need a different category that is a level above “horrifying practices” but not nearly a “best practice” and I think closed loop systems belong in that category. I resent closed loop systems and here’s why:
Closed loop systems are all the rage in municipalities now. “Oh, we don’t allow pits!” they say with great superiority and pride. “We require closed loop systems.” This enables them to perceive natural gas as a “clean energy” because they don’t see or smell the waste. It’s like when I played peek-a-boo with my babies. I would cover my eyes and they would say, “Mama gone-gone.” In an infant’s world, if you don’t see it then it doesn’t exist. People in municipal areas never see or smell the nasty, toxic goo that is created during natural gas extraction so, in their world, it doesn’t exist. In their world it’s “all clean”.
In reality, the toxic goo in those tanks is transported to rural areas and spread on farmland, ranch land and on watershed areas. You know, the places were we grow food and the food our food eats. The places from which our surface water flows.
So, explain to me how that is a best practice.
I propose we lose the term “best practice” because there is no such thing in regards to natural gas production. I think a better term would be “least destructive practice”.