Environmental Activists Target Flaring Of Natural Gas

This opinion piece presents the opinions of the author.
It does not necessarily reflect the views of Rigzone.

Flaring of natural gas has become a target of environmental activists, who have tried to use it as another weapon in their attempts to ban the use of fossil fuels in the future.

In fact, the Sierra Club, which claims on its web page to be the largest and most powerful environmental organization, says that natural gas drilling and production damages the land, pollutes water and air, and causes illness in surrounding communities.

“If we can’t drill safely, then we shouldn’t be drilling at all,” the Sierra Club warns in its program Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels and Beyond Natural Gas. “Natural gas production is environmentally damaging and harms public health.”

On Feb. 18 the San Antonio Express-News ran a story attempting to show that flaring of natural gas is excessive and harmful. 

However, the story – like allegations from the Sierra Club – picks only certain information that is frequently undocumented and lacks scientific credibility.

Natural gas producers do not want to flare gas. They have every reason – mainly financial – to sell it as soon as possible to increase cash flow. Oil and gas producers invest millions of dollars to drill and complete these high-tech wells. Their only source of income is from the product they sell. If they sell nothing by flaring gas, the receive nothing.  Yet, the story never mentions this critical point.


12

View Full Article

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Events  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Our Privacy Pledge
SUBSCRIBE


Most Popular Articles


From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
US Houston: Division Finance & Accounting Manager
Expertise: Accounting|Financial Analyst
Location: Houston, TX
 
SharePoint Project Manager
Expertise: IT - Programming & Database|Project Management
Location: Houston, TX
 
Commercial Director - Terminals
Expertise: Business Development
Location: South Carolina, 
 
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $54.46/BBL 0.96%
Light Crude Oil : $51.68/BBL 1.21%
Natural Gas : $3.44/MMBtu 1.99%
Updated in last 24 hours