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Helicopter Surveys Find Malfunctioning Flares in the Permian Basin 11 May 2020

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Principal JMP Services AS

30+ years in Oil & Gas Industry Field of Interest: Environmental issues in general; waste management issues in particular. 

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This is hardly a surprise.  But it is for at least 5 reasons:
1. The Environmental Defense Fund conducted this survey.  The O&G industry cannot be bothered.  But they quibble with the results when they are faced with them.
2. Apart from the obvious environmental impact, this gas is a revenue stream that the industry simply cannot bother to monetize.  They much prefer the "easy money" (which turns out to be not too "easy").

3. No government entity, Federal, State or Local,  is bothered. I beg you to tell me I am wrong.

4. Only the close neighbors of the industry (those with drilling operations a stone´s throw from their front door) find it odd or annoying.

5. Now they want government bailouts. (And they will get it.)

This is standard practice in the Permian basin.  What will it take to stop it? Crashing oil prices? Global pandemic? Maybe partly.



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