Lukeonia1: FTA: The report also estimates there to be 0.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.Meanwhile, that natural gas is all being flared off because they can't earn enough selling it to justify building the infrastructure to recover it. The flares are visible from space.
unyon: UsikFark: Lukeonia1: FTA: The report also estimates there to be 0.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.Meanwhile, that natural gas is all being flared off because they can't earn enough selling it to justify building the infrastructure to recover it. The flares are visible from space.That's so sad. I hope they are at least collecting the helium, if the concentrations are high enough.Gas goes to flare all the time. When wells or gas plants are serviced, the output is frequently sent to flare. That happens far less frequently than it used to. These days, it's common for gas-fired electrical cogen stations to be built near gas plants to benefit from production or fuel gas that would have previously gone up the stack. But flaring will never be zero- it's how lines are purged prior to servicing./worked in a number of gas plants
Tatterdemalian: Crackpipe: I like burning gas as much as the next guy, but where does this end? I don't have any doubt that human civilization is going to burn the Earths entire endowment of fossil fuels. Even if we know we shouldn't, we won't be able to stop. So what's the result of extracting every ounce of fossil fuel from the Earth and burning and exhausting it into the atmosphere?Well, if we manage to hang on to a capitalist economy, it will keep getting more expensive until the few people who still have some aren't willing to burn it for anything less than saving their own lives. If we switch to any kind of planned economy, we'll waste it all in an unfortunate bureaucratic mishap (Al Gore needs his helicopter rides downtown, comrade!), and won't even be able to get it to save lives any more.The effect on the atmosphere? Negligible, the moon's tidal forces bleed off the extra anthropogenic outgas the same way it bleeds off the natural outgas, preventing our atmosphere from assuming a Venusian thickness. CO2 will have a higher concentration, but that will be countered by plant and algae growth.
cygnusx13: "..rapidly growing western North Dakota." So 100 people live there now?
PunGent: jaybeezey: erik-k: Eh, another billion tons of CO2 up into the air, no biggie./Goes to cry thinking of where we'd be if we'd blown a trillion dollars on renewable energy instead of IraqWe can only afford so many Solyndras and A123's.Yeah, wouldn't want to cut into our subsidies for the fossil fuel industry./free market my ass
jaybeezey: erik-k: Eh, another billion tons of CO2 up into the air, no biggie./Goes to cry thinking of where we'd be if we'd blown a trillion dollars on renewable energy instead of IraqWe can only afford so many Solyndras and A123's.
tuna fingers: filter: Cool. I own mineral rights up there.Whoever fell for that one the first time.... 'Sure, I'll sell you this land, but if there is any oil I can do whatever I want, as long as it is at least 100ft from your buildings....'LOL.They've figured that out. You get nothing. Zilch. Nada.[scm-l3.technorati.com image 400x265]
MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bucky Katt: It IS an estimate so don't get too excited.Uh oh... are we talking potential oil-cop math here?
Charlie Freak: This state was a lot more fun before Big Oil showed up with their right-wing lobby friends and turned it into a social conservative playground. This all but guarantees more of the same.On the bright side, they might actually get around to fixing the damn roads.
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