Tumbleweed Midstream And The Helium Factor
Among our vast natural resources, the U.S. produces 75% of the world’s helium found in raw natural gas. But this valuable byproduct isn’t intrinsic in every gas deposit across the nation—as a matter of fact, it’s considered rare. Most helium-rich gas is located in Texas, Okla., Wyo., and the Kan.-Colo., border where it is cryogenically processed and liquefied for commercial use in everything from respiratory treatments, MRI magnets, fiber optic cables, semi-conductor chips, computer hard drives, microscopes, air bags and welding to—yes, helium-filled balloons. And the world is experiencing a shortage.