A mysterious streak of light shows up in the Eagle Ford Shale dark.

Suomi NPP Satellite/NASA Earth Observatory

Last week I ran across this article:

A Mysterious Patch Of Light Shows Up In The North Dakota Dark
January 16, 2013 1:58 PM

Using maps and videos of America at night, Krulwich points out the clump of light in the middle of the North Dakota nowhere–a nowhere that should be dark. These are the flares burning off natural gas in the Bakken Shale.

He missed the Texas streak of light in the middle of nowhere. The streak of light that matches perfectly with maps of the Eagle Ford Shale where flares burn off natural gas.

Suomi NPP Satellite/NASA Earth Observatory

Scientific American didn’t miss that streak. They have a cropped photo posted HERE.

Gases from flaring accelerate climate change and release toxins into the air.


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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. says

    Flaring is the byproduct of fracking that energy companies don’t want to account for, when they talk about ‘clean’ gas as an energy source. While it is generally invisible to the public, flaring pumps massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Energy companies need to be accountable for all aspects of their business and price the damage into the products they sell.