The gas flaring byproduct of shale oil and gas drilling can now be seen from space, the FT’s Ed Crooks and Ajay Makan observe.
Here’s what Bakken, North Dakota — home of the country’s most intense shale oil drilling — looked like in 2003:
And today — way more lit up.
The situation is actually not ideal, the pair say — flaring in North Dakota has increased the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent. Bismarck legislators are considering laws to help curb the practice, they write.