Despite pullback, the Oil Patch still lights up the night

You’ve probably heard that times are getting tough in North Dakota, thanks to the plummeting price of oil.

An updated revenue forecast yesterday showed a $1 billion drop in oil revenue.

Oil workers are being laid off.

But the Oil Patch isn’t going anywhere, at least not yet.

Check out this image in a tweet from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  • Mike

    Wow, looks like it is the metropolis of the upper midwest based off of this image!

  • MrE85

    Some of that is from wellhead work lights, which are on all night (and sometimes all day, too). The rest comes from flaring off natural gas where it isn’t wanted — oil wells — and can’t yet be captured and refined for use.

  • Ben Chorn

    Much of it is flaring off tanks and wells. There’s about 80 less rigs than there were last fall and with all the layoffs it certainly isn’t as bright as the image makes it seem.