Gas Flare North Dakota

U.S. Working to Cut Flaring of Natural Gas

By On March 18, 2015 10:34 am


By Daniel J. Graeber

The U.S. government will roll out new standards in the coming months to cut the amount of shale natural gas wasted through flaring, the interior secretary said.

Much of the natural gas associated with shale oil deposits is burned off, or flared, because of a lack of infrastructure needed to utilize the resource.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think-tank, that her agency would propose “in the coming months” standards meant to cut emissions and reduce the amount of gas wasted during flaring.

“We will be updating our decades-old standards to encourage the kind of infrastructure and technology that companies I’ve met with in the Bakken and Permian basins [in North Dakota and Texas, respectively] have demonstrated can reduce harmful emissions and capture the natural gas as a source of energy and revenue for the American people,” she said.

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