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PSC Talks Energy Independence and Flaring

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For the second time in two days, North Dakota's Public Service Commissioner was in the Magic City.

Brian Kalk spoke to the Kiwanis club on the state of flaring in North Dakota.

The industrial commission passed an order, on June 1, requiring companies to submit gas capture plans.

"The answers to flaring are coming," says Kalk. "We've seen a lot of reduction in it, but that's a perfect example of what it takes to develop these resources. It takes time to get the infrastructure put in place. And we're moving the needle the right way."

The PSC head also spoke on how crucial North Dakota's oil production is when it comes to world affairs.

Recent conflicts abroad have drawn attention to the importance of energy independence, and North Dakota is at the heart of the U.S.'s oil production.

"The unrest in the Middle East, the unrest in the Soviet Union and the unrest in what's going on in Israel, it's amazing how North Dakota is not only serving a need for North Dakota, but we're serving a national and an international need right now," says Kalk.

North Dakota is one of four states that produces over a million barrel of oil each day.

 

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