The new threat from shale

Globe and Mail: The nighttime satellite photos are a handy reference guide to man’s creeping takeover of the planet. Densely packed southern England is a blanket of white light. Ditto the stretch between Washington, D.C., and Boston—in effect, one big city. As you move west in the United States, black becomes the dominant colour, interspersed with small islands of white. Wait, has a new megacity popped up in North Dakota? It seems so, but they're not city lights. They're the gas flares from the vast Bakken shale......

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