This came through on our World News Desk today:
“Oil companies at the heart of the US shale oil boom are burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington combined in a practice causing growing concern about the waste of resources and damage to the environment.
The volume of unwanted gas being flared off in North Dakota, the state leading the shale revolution transforming the outlook for US energy, rose about 50 per cent last year. The surge at the state's Bakken formation is being replicated in other shale regions with the Texas state regulator issuing 1,963 permits to flare in 2012, more than six times the number of 306 in 2010.”
As fate would have it, CollapseNet's second documentary is going to be focused specifically on the Bakken formation. Look for more information on that in the future. To research the topic, we wondered if there were any videos of what was going on in the Bakken area from the ground. We came across a few gems on YouTube.
"Bakken Oil Field" was uploaded Jan 12, 2013. 30 seconds of pure and unfiltered reality is nice for a change. Digging a bit deeper led us to more extreme, and in-your-face action caught in the light of day. Turn up the volume.
"North Dakota Natural Gas Flare Sounds Like a Jet Engine" was uploaded Dec 19, 2013. Do the residents ever learn to tune it out? The environmental costs of this drilling are unimaginable. Just imagine the gargantuan blob of carbon compounds blooming over the Northern hemisphere because of the Bakken oil fields and the nearby Alberta tar sands.
And finally, to remind you that there are always vultures who are ready to feed. Ready to capitalize no matter the cost. Those who have driven us towards our own very extinction. See below:
"Invest In North Dakota's Oil Boom & Housing Shortage!" was uploaded on Jan 26, 2013.
(Illustration by NPR/NASA)