The Wyoming Outdoor Council is the latest organization urging legislators and others to look for ways to reduce the practice of flaring.
Flaring is when natural gas … which is a byproduct of oil production … is burned. The Outdoor Council says it causes pollution and wastes a resource.
The group’s Amber Wilson says one reason drillers burn natural gas is because companies don’t have a good way to dispose of the gas. She says the state could work with companies to improve the pipeline grid.
“Some places are out in the middle of nowhere with no pipelines to collect that gas, and so by working with companies to create that infrastructure, that could make co
llecting it a lot more appealing.”
The Outdoor Council also says flaring costs the state money by burning a valuable resource.