Problems processing hydrogen sulfide

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One issue that is becoming more widespread in the Bakken is hydrogen sulfide.

These flares continue to burn because there isn't adequate processing for hydrogen sulfide, or H2S.

"As companies, were experimenting with larger and larger hydraulic fracturing treatments they started sometimes fracking out of zone into neighboring formations that have hydrogen sulfide in them. One of the risks of the ENP world," said Lynn Helms, Mineral Resources director.

Helms says that in a week they had 45 H2S cases on the docket.

"A majority of the investments that have gone in do not have H2S handling capabilities," said Justin Kringstad, Pipeline Authority.

Helms says sulfur processing hasn't happened because the sulfur market is already over-saturated and oil companies would lose money on every ton.​