"Green" Finishes Making Venting a Thing of the Past
This is an increasingly uncommon sight
From The Columbus Dispatch:
The towering flares that turn night into day in the Marcellus shale gaslands are becoming a rarer sight.
Natural-gas producers are turning to new techniques to capture the gas emitted during the well-completion process. In the past, a well’s initial production was typically vented or burned off to allow impurities to clear before the well was tied into a pipeline.
Now, more operators are employing reduced-emission completions — a “green completion.” The process filters out impurities such as sand, drilling debris and fluids from hydraulic fracturing, and the gas is sold, not wasted.