NASA Photograph Shows Bakken Oil Patch Visible From Space At Night

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This photo shows the Bakken oil fields from space at night, and the glow is nearly as bright as the lights of Minneapolis/St. Paul (via Mark Perry):

What’s causing the light? All the new people living in western North Dakota have expanded communities there, the oil rigs are light up brightly at night. Plus, all the gas flaring. Which isn’t a great thing. That’s a lot of natural gas going to waste.

Thankfully, there are works in progress to capture and use more of it, including a new natural gas power plant being built in the state to meet rising demand for electricity.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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