UPDATE: This just in from Gas Briefing Daily:
Over 35% of Bakken gas flared due to capacity issues
More than 35% of North Dakota’s natural gas production is being flaired/not marketed, due to insufficient pipeline and processing capacity, the US Energy Information Agency reports.”The percentage of flared gas in North Dakota is considerably higher than the national average; in 2009, less than 1% of natural gas produced in the United States was vented or flared,” EIA reports.
North Dakota is out of control. The EPA needs to step in and get a handle on this situation!
My friends in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale are experiencing the same kinds of intimidation tactics that are familiar to Gas Patch residents all across America. And, just like every other fracked community, the industry doesn’t seem to know where the fracking chemicals came from.
Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, said “the chemicals in the analysis are never used in fracking, though some might be found in oil well tank vapors or in natural gas if the gas flare is interrupted.” News Flash to Helms: If it’s not in the formation, it was added by someone, somewhere in the production process.
Monte Besler, a fracking consultant with the company FracN8tr [cute name, eh], could only recognize three of the chemicals detected in the air test. No wonder they contaminate so much water and air. I can recognize about 15 chemicals and I’m not a fracker or a Gashole.
UPDATE: Since Besler sent me a love letter (see comment below) I will post his quote from the article. Of course, we have no way to verify anything he says because the chemicals FracN8tr uses are kept secret. I will post his entire comment in an extra special post all it’s own. Look for it under the HERE category.
Monte Besler, a fracking consultant with the company FracN8tr , said he recognizes three chemicals from the analysis as sometimes used in frack fluids.
“(One is) D-Limonene, but is also in many citrus based cleaners used in the workplace and household and is considered one of the “green” chemicals; methyl ethyl ketone, not as an active ingredient but possibly as a solvent carrier in very small amounts; toluene, again as an additive solvent and carrier. The vast majority of the chemicals listed are not used because they are very volatile and evaporate easily, likely why they are found in the air. Several are also suspected carcinogens or flammable, both not desirable characteristics for carriers,” Besler said.
If you read the comments, you will see that they don’t like Kris Kitko’s blog, Bakken Watch and they really hate any criticism of their drilling or fracking techniques. But the thing they hate most are her videos.
I remember those days when the Gasholes were working overtime to intimidate me.
You think you can intimidate me? Screw you. Choose your weapon. ~Spitzer
I have the results of the air testing done in the Bakken on the farm in that video. These chemicals look familiar because they keep turning up again and again around our homes, schools and hospitals. I linked to the health effects caused by each chemical.