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mainenightowl
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:48:46 PM

This is odd. Take a look at this map of America at night. As you'd expect, the cities are ablaze, the Great Lakes and the oceans dark, but if you look at the center, where the Eastern lights give way to the empty Western plains, there's a mysterious clump of light there that makes me wonder.
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Infamoussteve
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 1:52:51 PM

This is why "fracking" has to stop.
remay
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 12:55:09 PM

There today, but for how long... think back to the eary-mid 80's...
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:29:28 AM

Don't worry...it won't be on for long!
bston
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 10:01:13 AM

Okay.
livedream
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 12:18:13 AM

The explosive development in the Bakken region of North Dakota is both good and bad.

Good - obviously - because are needed and have been created here.
Bad - because it is a BOOM - Meaning that eventually it will bust, and with it, leave a contaminated mess for the remaining residents to deal with.
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 12:13:55 AM

nothing to do with gas
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 12:13:40 AM

duhhh
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 12:12:28 AM

stop flaring
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:44:34 PM


Let's tap that light for energy.
alterman156
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:11:10 PM

Interesting.
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:38:17 PM

quit wasting the nat gas; figure out a way to store it. we'll wish we had it some day
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:34:02 PM

it's not mysterious at all. drillers are flaring (i.e. burning, wasting) unwanted nat gas. they make their money on the liquids and since nat gas prices are so low they "get rid" of the rest.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 3:20:29 PM

Cool pictures.
gbs1
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:22:02 PM

They are building natural gas facilities and pipelines to move the gas so it can be consumed instead of flared.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:20:57 AM

Amazing pictures, but a shame to see so much potential energy being burned off into the night sky. There's got to be a better way to utilize this resource.
BBopp
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:13:01 AM

Very fascinating!
PTBpricer
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:50:40 AM

Wow.
Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 8:45:39 AM

One good use turns into a bad thing.
One can only learn from the past.
History tells us. Pay attention.
This stuff should not be ignored.
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 8:27:48 AM

money-making light
hokieburgh
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 7:05:50 AM

should be some way to use it productively...
cheap59
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 6:50:51 AM

Interesting. They need to cap that nat-gas.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 6:06:13 AM

Stop the waste of natural gas.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 3:49:18 AM

Amazing! Thanks for the article.
Billrusty
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 3:28:17 AM

wow I love how this article exposes the N.Dakota night.
Amplion
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 2:17:23 AM

SHUT DOWN NPR
WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 1:54:49 AM

The gas should be put to use instead of wasting it.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 1:54:38 AM

Couldn't North Dakota, Montana, and western Canada use that gas to heat their homes and businesses without much transport cost? Heck, couldn't the oil companies use it to refine some of that oil and drill for more? Seems a waste to me to flare it off like that.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 1:15:08 AM

I lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota for two years, and I pretty much hated it. The Baaken Fields of North Dakota is an absolutely amazing story. And they did all this during an Obama administration. Way to go, North Dakota!
txkrb
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:43:07 AM

They should not be allowed to flare off the natural gas
It should be captured or I read where some use it to power the generators onsite
johnd900
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:36:28 AM

great article and comments to follow
tcp23unc
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:20:46 AM

That's a shameful waste of natural gas - just think of all the homes that could be heated with that gas that is just burning off.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:01:01 AM

Interesting information.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:58:07 PM

if you cant build pipelines thats the alternative i guess
TXCRZ
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:37:44 PM

Incredible growth, maybe technology will save us from our energy crazy appetite.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:21:08 PM

I know we have a lot of natural gas in the US, but the burning off of gas in ND should be a crime.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:08:02 PM


Thanks for sharing mainenightowl ;0}

This is a very interesting article that also has great photos.
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