Latest gas flaring numbers released

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BISMARCK, N.D. - For the first time in three years, the latest gas flaring numbers released by the Department of Mineral Resources didn't meet the monthly goal.

The gas capture was 83% and the state currently implements an 85% capture.

State regulators say there were six unanticipated maintenance problems that led to this, including road restrictions and a pipeline being down.

"Particularly in the winter months, we are going to see a struggle month-by-month to stay above that 85%, and a year from now we'll really see problems," said Lynn Helms, DMR.

Helms says in order to meet 88% capture by November 2018, industry will need another gas plant to come online by 2019.