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.