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For those that are unaware, the burning of a natural gas well is common practice to release some pressure so the well can be safely capped.

I am not aware if this is the same practice occurring here, as the article had little technical data.
 

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"Drillers use a flare when they don't have a pipeline ready -- during exploration or expedited drilling -- or when they haven't paid for equipment to separate gas from the large amounts of water that rise along with a well's initial gush. Drillers often need to test an area's resources before investing in pipelines, or don't want to plug a well to wait for the pipeline because of the risk that water could ruin the well, said Andrew Paterson, a technical expert at the industry group Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Drillers do now have the technology to separate water from gas at the well site and other equipment to capture stray gas from tanks and valves there. That led environmental advocates to push for mandates.

The Environmental Protection Agency will continue to allow flaring at exploratory wells -- where the expense of a pipeline connection may not be justified -- but drillers will have to capture what is now flared or allowed to vent from tanks by 2015."

http://triblive.com/news/1442093-74/gas-...0#axzz2Jf5dodCD
 

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and what we were talking about was natural gas BURN OFF that can be view from space,not the light from; well you get my point!
 

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Like I stated before, this is a common practice that is done to release pressure before the well is capped.

It's either burn off, or blow off. Pick the safer of the two.
 

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and it can not be captured?? blow off/burn off enough to be seen from space?
 

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If the pressure from the gas is not lowered, the well cap will blow off, this can be very dangerous. Every single well in my area has been burned off for a period of time before the well was capped.

I'm assuming that it can be seen from space because there is not much lighted around the area.
 

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treedaddy said:
and what we were talking about was natural gas BURN OFF that can be view from space,not the light from; well you get my point!
how did they differenciate (sp) between the "burn off" and the town/city/strip mall lights ?
 

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Because natural gas drilling is evil and strip malls, casinos and developments are all necessary.
or one is being used(light ,heat,maybe even electric) and the other is burnt off , to get rid of? not kept and used. Think, if you captured all that gas , you could sell it the those strip malls,etc. you ref. to before.
 

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I think you are having a hard time understanding the concept of why these gas wells are burnt off. Let me explain it one last time.

In order for the gas well to be safely capped, and connected to a pipeline, the pressure inside the well must be lowered. This is done by igniting the gas and allowing it to burn off.

So, if you don't burn off the well, the caps will blow off and all the gas will escape until it can be recapped.
 

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SuperX2Nut said:
I think you are having a hard time understanding the concept of why these gas wells are burnt off. Let me explain it one last time.

In order for the gas well to be safely capped, and connected to a pipeline, the pressure inside the well must be lowered. This is done by igniting the gas and allowing it to burn off.

So, if you don't burn off the well, the caps will blow off and all the gas will escape until it can be recapped.
Am having a hard time-- you say you burn off(or vent) to reduce pressure to cap, you then say if you don't burn off the caps will blow off, so am I to understand you can cap a well without burning it off?? SO I will ask ONE more time why can't you collect this gas and use it????
 

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It is important to recognize that this article is geared towards the Bakken shale formation in ND, MT, and Canada, which is a much different beast than the Marcellus and Utica formations here in PA.

In the Bakken region they are primarily after oil, not natural gas.

When the gas/oil mixture is recovered from the wells in this region it is processed to remove the oil and NGL. The remaining gases(primarily NG) are then sent to a flare or pipeline. The reason so much gas is flared in this reason is because adequate infrastructure is not in place to collect and convey the gas to the marketplace mainly due to the rapid growth of the formation. The oil and other liquids can easily be stored in tanks prior to hitting the market (or refinery). Add to that the low price of NG relative to the price of oil and it isn't hard to understand why so much Bakken gas is flared.
 

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thank you, and a Q for you , the gas you speak of it is not possible to compress it,tank it and save it?
 

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thank you for your answer. I kinda figured it was economics, with the $ I have seen thrown around by companys, I would think this would have been already common practice<I am refering to the early 90"s In my county by my experiences> thank you again
 

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When they need to determine to production of a well, to determine what kind of infrastructure is needed to transport the gas, they flare the well to get an idea of that production.....

They also "flare" the wells to burn some of the impurities out of the gas before they cap it, I am guessing that is why they don't capture it, as it really isnt "good" gas.....
 

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SuperX2Nut said:
I think you are having a hard time understanding the concept of why these gas wells are burnt off. Let me explain it one last time.

In order for the gas well to be safely capped, and connected to a pipeline, the pressure inside the well must be lowered. This is done by igniting the gas and allowing it to burn off.

So, if you don't burn off the well, the caps will blow off and all the gas will escape until it can be recapped.
totally not true!
 
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