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Environmental concerns could impact ability to flare natural gas

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LONDON -- Environmentally-motivated restrictions on flaring off unwanted gas at oil wells are gathering strength and have the potential to stop new projects in their tracks, but a solution may be at hand.

Flaring at sites worldwide burns enough gas to satisfy a quarter of U.S. demand and puts 400 million tons of CO2 -- 1.2 percent of emissions -- into the atmosphere every year, according to the World Bank-funded Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership.

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