From space, there appears to be an enormous city in the middle of North Dakota due to light pollution from oil fields. The Bakken oil fields of North Dakota create a light that looks like a city from space.
This is due to the light pollution from the fields and can also be attributed to natural gas flares. In North Dakota, 17 percent of the natural gas at the oil fields is flared. Comparatively, this only happens to about 1 percent nationally!
Much needs to be done about this waste and it has been suggested to harness the gas and use it as energy.