The damn near forever flare!
March 7, 2012
End in sight for Richwood-area gas well flare
By Rick Steelhammer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Environmental Protection has set May 31 as the deadline for extinguishing a flare that has been burning gases from three Nicholas County Marcellus Shale exploration wells for more than six months, despite state laws limiting natural gas flaring to 30 days per year.
Dallas-based Bluescape Resources Co. began flaring gas from three Marcellus wells near Fenwick on Aug. 28 last year. Responding to citizen complaints about the prolonged flaring, mainly from the newly formed organization Stand Up Now, the DEP’s Division of Air Quality inspected the Fenwick area site on Oct. 12 and issued BRC a notice of violation Oct. 26.
Hey, who follows rules? Certainly not the Big Gas Mafia.
That’s a lot of CO2 and methane and no telling what else going into the atmosphere.