Natural Gas Flaring Surges

Flaring of natural gas from wells is on the upswing in Texas and North Dakota as oil and gas producers rush to develop new shale plays,” boosting global warming and other air pollution. Because natural gas is currently much cheaper than oil, the “number of rigs drilling for oil in North America has almost doubled from a year ago to 1,021,” and gas flaring permits issued by Texas and North Dakota have surged.

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