Oil companies wasting natural gas, emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases

Jonathon Ramsey
Oil companies wasting natural gas, emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases

The New York Times recently looked at data on the way energy companies deal with natural gas in the three largest U.S. shale oil fields — the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin fields in Texas, and the Bakken field in North Dakota that straddles the border with Canada. Oil drilling companies, from the largest like BP to the smallest like Exco, flare and vent the natural gas that comes up the well as a byproduct of the fracking process. The increased use of flaring and venting comes after firms such as Exxon Mobil and BP pledged over the summer to reduce the two practices.