Nearly 30 percent of natural gas drilled in North Dakota is intentionally burned off, resulting in a loss of $1 billion and greenhouse gases emissions equivalent to nearly one million new cars on the road. Now, some North Dakota landowners are fighting back.
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The good news: some emissions are lower. The bad news: the study probably missed the super-emitters. The ugly news: natural gas from even the best fracked wells is still a climate-destroying fossil fuel.
We are pretty confident fracking will not lead to a zombie apocalypse. We're even more confident fracking has a signficant economic harm that should not be completely ignored in what purports to be a complete analysis of the economic impact of unconventional oil and gas.