Watching Government: Solving the 'mystery city'

The British researcher was mystified, former US Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) said. He was studying a satellite nighttime photo of the US and could quickly identify Chicago, St. Louis, and other metropolises from their lights. But the researcher was mystified by what he termed a "mystery city," which apparently was in western North Dakota and eastern Montana, he told Dorgan during a long-distance telephone call. The two men finally decided the night lights came from the flaring of natural gas associated with Bakken shale oil production, Dorgan said during a May 15 American Petroleum Institute briefing on 2012 election issues. Three Democratic leaders on the US House Energy and Com...

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