Helicopter surveys indicate malfunctioning flares in the Permian Basin are releasing at least 300,000 metric tons of unburned methane a year
from Environmental Defense Fund
Long known for waste and pollution, the flares burning at oil and gas sites across the Permian Basin could also be among the region's largest methane emitters. A new helicopter survey by researchers with the Environmental Defense Fund found that more than one in every 10 flares they looked at was either unlit — venting uncombusted methane straight to the atmosphere — or only partially burning the gas they were releasing.
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