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Flaring Remains a Heavy Concern

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North Dakota produced one million barrels of oil a day in April, and the numbers stayed above that mark in May. During that month, the state produced over one million thirty-nine thousand barrels. But the percentage of natural gas flared was still high.

The Industrial Commission passed a flaring order on June 1 that requires companies to submit gas capture plans. And the process has created a slight backlog in approving drilling permits.

"About a two to seven day delay in permitting right now, about a half a dozen permits on hold. They're really curious on how we are going to deal with things like compressor outages and that sort of thing as we move forward from that October 1 date," says Lynn Helms of the Department of Mineral Resources.

By October 1, companies must capture 74 percent of the gas flared, and in May only 72 percent was captured.

 

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