Midnight In The Desert — natural gas

Underground Methane Bubbles Create A Dangerous Natural Trampoline

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Underground Methane Bubbles Create A Dangerous Natural Trampoline

It's a fantastical sight — patches of grassy, green Earth wobbling up and down like a waterbed. But there's nothing fictional about this scene. Over a dozen of these patches were discovered in Siberia in July 2016. And the reality is worrisome: these patches of bouncy grass are the result of enormous methane bubbles trapped beneath the surface. The ground in these areas is like a giant, natural, and extremely dangerous trampoline. What's dangerous about these wobbly spots is that they could burst if enough pressure is applied. And bursting this bubble means trouble for climate change: methane is twice...

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New exploration technique finds significant Helium reserves

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New exploration technique finds significant Helium reserves

A new approach to gas exploration has discovered a huge helium gas field, which could address the increasingly critical shortage of this vital yet rare element. Helium doesn't just make your voice squeaky -- it is critical to many things we take for granted, including MRI scanners in medicine, welding, industrial leak detection and nuclear energy. However, known reserves are quickly running out. Until now helium has never been found intentionally -- being accidentally discovered in small quantities during oil and gas drilling. Now, a research group from Oxford and Durham universities, working with Helium One, a helium exploration company...

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The Age of Cheap Oil and Natural Gas Is Just Beginning

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The Age of Cheap Oil and Natural Gas Is Just Beginning

Oil price rises over the past 40 years have been truly spectacular. In constant money, the price of oil rose by almost 900% between 1970 and 2013. This can be compared with a 68% increase for a metals and minerals price index, comprising a commodity group that, like oil, is exhaustible. In our view, it is political rather than economic forces that have shaped the inadequate growth of upstream oil production capacity, the dominant factor behind the sustained upward price push. But we believe the period of excessively high oil prices has come to an end. The international spread of...

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Residents Are Still Getting Sick Weeks After LA Gas Leak Was Sealed

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Residents Are Still Getting Sick Weeks After LA Gas Leak Was Sealed

Hey, remember that huge natural gas disaster near Los Angeles that state officials declared completely over on February 18th? It’s not over for the residents of Porter Ranch, many of whom have filed complaints with the LA Department of Public Health since returning to their homes two weeks ago. From October 28th to February 18th, the DPH received roughly 700 health complaints related to the natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon, which became the largest such disaster in US history. When Gizmodo spoke with the DPH in December, a toxicology expert explained that the symptoms people were reporting—including dizziness, nausea,...

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"Flaring" Wastes 3.5 Percent of the World's Natural Gas

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"Flaring" Wastes 3.5 Percent of the World's Natural Gas

Around 3.5% of the world’s natural-gas supply was wastefully burned, or ‘flared’, at oil and gas fields in 2012, according to the latest estimates from satellite data. The United States has the greatest number of flares, but Russia leads the world in the total volume of flared natural gas (see chart, 'Top natural-gas-flaring nations'). In 2012, the 143 billion cubic metres of gas flared led to the emission of more than 350 million tons of carbon dioxide, around 10% of the annual emissions of European Union member states. Estimates for later years have yet to be published. But a preliminary...

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