U.S. shale causes rise in waste gas pollution

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L’essor des gaz de schiste aux Etats-Unis contribue à l’augmentation du torchage du gaz au niveau mondial

Torchère dans le site pétrolier de Obagi, Rivers, Nigeria (5°14’ N – 6°37’E). © Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The U.S. shale energy boom is fuelling a rise in the burning of waste gas after years of decline, a World Bank source told Reuters ahead of the release of new data, giving environmentalists more ammunition against the industry.

Global gas flaring crept up by around 2 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2011, the first rise since 2008, preliminary data from the World Bank shows.


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