Drillers Burn Off Record Amounts Of Gas As Focus Remains On Oil

In west Texas, natural gas flares dot the horizon. It’s a sign of how oil drilling is growing faster than pipelines and other infrastructure.

By Travis BubenikOctober 9, 2018 9:30 am, , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

A couple years ago, Jim and Suzanne Franklin’s quiet country life outside the west Texas town of Balmorhea was a lot different.

“At night, used to, this was so dark,” Jim says, pointing to the skies. “You had the most beautiful view of the Milky Way.”

Now, Suzanne says, the night horizon off their small front porch is lit up by flames at oil and gas sites.

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