Visible from Space. Flares take shine off shale boom – FT.com

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ac8b0726-6894-11e2-9a3f-00144feab49a.html#ixzz2JHLrsQuR

America’s oil boom is now so big it is visible from space. In night-time satellite images North Dakota’s Bakken shale, the oilfield that has transformed US production in the past five years, shines almost as brightly as Chicago. The lights are flare stacks: towers burning off natural gas from oil wells 24 hours a day.
They highlight a less than sparkling side of the US shale boom: how development has outpaced investment in infrastructure to manage the unwanted associated gas that is released alongside oil production.

About Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.
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