Technology&Resources – USA: the fracking boom is a victim of its own success

Emerging problems are slowing growth.

Emerging problems are slowing growth.

The American energy boom can now be seen even from space. NASA images show the glowing lights of Minneapolis and Chicago, but to the west, in rural North Dakota, is another conglomeration of equally bright lights: some illuminate the drilling rigs for thousands of extraction wells, while others show that many companies are burning off huge quantities of methane gas, known as flaring, because they are only interested in the more profitable crude oil production.

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