Researchers at two California universities are studying the fiery flares that pock-mark drilling sites in the Eagle Ford Shale of south Texas.
Researchers from the University of Southern California and San Francisco State University are using satellites to see how much flaring occurs in the region, in addition to data provided by the oil and gas industry. The researchers have counted 43,887 distinct oil and gas flares in the region from 2012 to 2016, the Victoria Advocate reported.
“The takeaway is there is a lot of flaring going on, even in the downturn,” said Meredith Franklin, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of clinical preventive medicine at the University of Southern California.
The researchers estimate that over the 5-year period, 159 Bcf of gas was flared in the Eagle Ford Shale area.
“And that’s enough natural gas to power roughly 2.5 million homes for a year,” Franklin said.
Read the full story here.
Don't miss our latest HSE content, delivered to your inbox twice monthly. Sign up for the HSE Now newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
19 Jul 2020
- Austin, Texas
This one-day session will include a view of best practices for Carbon Management with a focus on fugitive methane reduction.
28 Apr 2020
- Brisbane, Australia
This one-day session features view on best practices for Carbon Management with a focus on fugitive methane reduction.
28 - 30 Jul 2020
- Bogotá, Colombia
Share HSE and sustainability best practices with peers to minimize risk and add value to operations
29 Aug - 2 Sep 2020
- Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Get back to basics in oil recovery
2 - 3 Sep 2020
- Beirut, Lebanon
Join peers and colleagues at this premier event
9 Sep 2020
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Enter into the World of Tomorrow for Canadian heavy oil
1 - 3 Dec 2020
- Banff, Alberta, Canada
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline - 31 May
HSE Now is a source for news and technical information affecting the health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility discipline of the upstream oil and gas industry.
©2003-2020 Society of Petroleum Engineers, All Rights Reserved.