WATCHING GOVERNMENT: Programs aim at gas flares

Critics may consider the idea of environmentally aware oil and gas producers an oxymoron. Others who are willing to take a closer look quickly learn that it’s an increasingly vital part of the business.An example is the worldwide emphasis on using instead of flaring associated gas.A leader in this effort is Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR), a partnership of government agencies and oil companies led by the World Bank and International Finance Corp. The group was scheduled to hold a forum on flaring reduction and gas utilization Dec. 13-15 in Paris.In early November it announced that a project in Nigeria, which leads the world in reported flared gas, would be the first in the Afric...

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