Several reports are out there about how the U.S. will be energy independent in the near future. U.S. oil import levels are down to 42 from 60 percent, and dropping; much of this is due to fracking for oil that is happening in North Dakota, which has seen 41,000 new jobs since 2008. Fracking is controversial, but one side effect I wasn't aware of was that you can see all the 'extra' natural gas being burned off from space.
A Mysterious Patch Of Light Shows Up In The North Dakota Dark : NPR
If you are up in space looking down on America west of the Mississippi, one of the brightest patches of light at night is on the Great Plains in North Dakota. It’s not a city, not a town, not a milita…
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