Together we will Stop Methane Flaring
The first and only organization working solely on the elimination of natural gas flares and venting! Stop the flares is organized to stop flaring by elevating awareness, increasing research and implementing proven solutions to get results. Stop the Flares will eliminate all flares worldwide by the 2020.
Stop the Flares is a movement of ordinary citizens bonded together with common goals and values: help the environment, provide alternative energy solutions and not just talk -- our purpose in forming this organization is to get results.
We are also welcoming all who wish to participate to include, time, donations, research papers and general support. We plan to eliminate the economic decision to flare natural gas by providing alternative economically completive solutions. Our goal is to seek solutions that change the value of methane so it would not be economically viable to flare. The benefits to changing the flare mindset would be:
Reduced Carbon Dioxide emissions and pollution released to the atmosphere
Less wasteful practices in the energy sector
Opportunities to provide low cost energy to people that live near flares and potentially need it the most
What is natural gas?
According to Websterís online dictionary... Natural Gas:
1: gas issuing from the earth's crust through natural openings or bored wells; especially : a combustible mixture of methane and other hydrocarbons used chiefly as a fuel and raw material 2: gas manufactured from organic matter (as coal)
Why is methane flaring bad for you? According to the World Bank, flares waste 150,000,000,000 cubic meters of natural gas (methane) each year. This is the equivalent to the energy in 60,000,000,000 gallons of gasoline (estimate). Wasting fuel increases the cost of energy for everyone!
How does Flaring Methane affect the price of energy? It is estimated that flares waste the energy equivalent of 40 to 60 billion gallons of gasoline each year. Energy systems are inherently linked. As one source of energy rises in price it slowly affects other sources of energy. This occurs because industries that can switch to a different energy source, will switch. Furthermore, sources of energy may be converted into different types of end user fuels or products. For example crude oil may be converted into plastic, gasoline, motor oil, and/or diesel. Natural gas can be converted into methanol, DME, electricity and/or etc. Methanol may be used as a fuel source that may be converted into gasoline and/or diesel. Coal may be converted into oil, methane, electricity and/or etc. As you may see energy is linked from one end user product to the next!
What could be done with the Flared Gas in Nigeria? With some investment, the flared natural gas could be used as a source of low cost electricity. Electricity could be leveraged for additional well water, sewage processing, and refrigeration for food. Flaring Methane gas waste energy! When is the last time you didnít have refrigeration in your home? We can do better than flaring natural gas in the back yards of folks that could really use a low cost source of reliable energy!