Calvin and I suspected that the operators in the Eagle Ford Shale were flaring off the gas just to get rid of it. When we were there, we saw flares everywhere .
Reuters: Shale oil boom sends waste gas burn-off soaring
By Anna Driver and Bruce Nichols
HOUSTON | Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:18pm EDT
Right now, gas is cheap but the price of oil is up. To get the oil out fast, they just flare off the gas which causes air pollution, acid rain and acceleratesclimate change. Even industry studies agree that flaring causes air pollution so don’t let them tell you otherwise! The operators claim that infrastructure needed to capture instead of flare the gas takes too long to build.
Question: Since the claim is we have to drill to be energy independent, how can we afford to waste any energy? Why not slow down a little until the infrastructure catches up?
Answer: It’s not about energy independence and never was. It’s about profit. PERIOD.
Texas groups need to work together on a statewide campaign to legislate green completions.