The university announced last week that two steps remain before natural gas begins flowing from the well site on the southeast corner of campus: flushing of waste water used to fracture underground rock, and burning off of water-contaminated gas.
Regarding the latter procedure, a university announcement stated: “Carrizo [the developer] has advised us that it is likely that a flame from the apparatus inside the well site might be visible from outside the well site. This is standard practice within the natural gas industry and is entirely normal and safe.” The Star-Telegram reports that the flaring resulted in “spectacular flames shooting skyward” on Saturday night.
University statement, Sept. 17
Star-Telegram blurb, Sept. 22