Anytime you have incineration of any sort, you have carbon monoxide…the levels can be especially dangerous when a furnace, stove, oven, etc has incomplete combustion when burning of ANY sort energy source such as wood, diesel, coal, kerosine, propane, methane, etc.
Arlington’s natural gas that landed us in the heart of Urban Drilling contains mostly methane (thats why they call it the dry gas). Natural gas contains mostly methane and depending on the geography, NG has differing percentages of PROPANE, ethane, butane, (and even sour gas called hydrogen sulfide). It is interesting to note that propane has > 2 times a higher BTU (energy) than methane which is why the “wetter ” gases fetch more money.
Note in this Keene New Hampshire case (video here) on Saturday, December 19. 2015, the Liberty plant that supplies gas had a widespread issue that accidentally sent PURE propane in the pipes that caused furnaces not configured to burn that gas mix to have…..incomplete combustion…..
3 people hospitalized as of Saturday evening due to carbon monoxide poisoning in Keene
“The gas emergency started with a power outage…..“What we are sure of is at some point, the blower that mixed air into the propane tripped and was no longer blending air with the mixture.”
That caused ineffective combustion, he said.
Liberty Utilities …. said “the issue that caused the problem at the plant has been resolved.”
The alteration in the mixture of propane and air meant the fuel carried more energy, he said. Because a furnace or appliance may not completely burn the fuel with the different propane-air ratio, that appliance or furnace may release carbon monoxide into a building, Shore said”.
Now in an unrelated gas leak case four hours south at a Kohls department store in Secaucus, New Jersey the following day, (12/20/2015) an odor sickening people coming from the register’s area caused an evacuation. There seems to be so many ways gases harm us and its unnecessary when we have other renewable energy sources to tap.
NOW an O U T S I D E source of an open flame (like a flare) can be poorly burning and therefore making a lot of unnecessary pollution.
Here is a grand example of a bad flare at a refinery in Norco Louisiana where I used to work nearby this facility….In this case, a POWER OUTAGE cause the “upset”.
In Arlington they generally don’t allow the flaring of a gaswell and so that gas which wasn’t captured by green completions just was released into the atmosphere to worsen global warming (read here about the non Green Completion/non-flare in Mansfield TX)….at least we didn’t have to worry about a bad flare causing carbon monoxide releases….
…but then again when we DO have power outages….we’ve already had gas wells spew simultaneously from two different drill sites…How did that happen? We were told that when we LOST POWER, that pressure from the (electrified) compressor stations built up into the pipelines and then backed into the drill sites. There is supposed to be pressure sensors to auto shut-in the wells, but sometimes relief valves fail….yes two different drill sites had a fail that night that required Arlington fire department emergency response…which was a fail too.