Energy Companies Wasting Natural Gas
Eagle Ford flaring was 10 times higher than the combined rate of the state’s other oil fields.
Oil and gas companies rushing to drill in the Eagle Ford Shale since 2009 have burned and wasted billions of cubic feet of natural gas — enough to meet the needs for an entire year of every San Antonio-area household. Faced with a pipeline shortage in rural South Texas, companies bleed off the gas into flares that release air pollutants and greenhouse gases in amounts that collectively rival the output of a half-dozen oil refineries.
Eagle Ford flares pumped more than 15,000 tons of volatile organic compounds and other contaminants into the air in 2012, state pollution estimates obtained by the Express-News state. While flaring is supposed to incinerate impurities in raw natural gas and produce carbon dioxide, some of the wasted fossil fuel is instead just being vented – unburned – directly into the atmosphere.
This is Randy Watson, from the No Bull Radio Network for the Eagle Ford Minute.