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[–] Camamoow 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

What exactly is the point of lighting it on fire?

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[–] Renegade_Mormon 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

This is a last resort for a well blowout and is often part of a company's policy if they can't gain well control. Often times the gases and oil coming off of a well can be more harmful to people and the enviroment unless it is set on fire.

One example I can think of would be on a high Hydrogen Sulfide well. H2S is a very poisonous gas and is heavier than air. When it's burned it becomes Sulfur Dioxide which isn't great but it's less likely to kill a unsuspecting population.

If you ever hear the term "Burning the rig down" it maybe in refrence to what is occurring in the video as often times the rig or other equipment is still near or on the well.

This looks like a a well that may have received "communication" from another nearby well that is in the process of being fracked.

This is all info I've picked up while working in ND as a safety hand, it may not all be accurate but I figured I'd throw in what I know.

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[–] WeekendBaker 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Uneducated guess: burns debris instead of causing a mess that requires expensive cleanup.

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[–] nebula0024 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

He didn't even have to try being a badass while walking away. It just happened all by itself.

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[–] Vancandybestcandy 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

The surpresed pyro in me really wants that job.

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[–] kjell 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

The guy in orange needs to learn to be more of a bad ass like the other.

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[–] AntoineDoinel 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Cool guys don't look at the oil well they just lit up.

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[–] Foralltoosee 5 points 0 points (+5|-5) ago 

If you've ever wondered what a planet crying looks like...