Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NDIC Considers Flaring Measures

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering proposals to reduce the flaring of waste gas from wells in the Bakken play. One solution being discussed is a reduction in the state's oil production. Oil companies are opposed to this idea and want the NDIC to consider alternatives such as requiring oil companies to submit a plan for natural gas gathering as part of the well permit application process. North Dakota drillers currently burn off  36 percent of the gas produced by new wells due to a lack of pipeline and processing facilities. According to the U.S. Energy Department, less than 1 percent of natural gas is flared from oil fields nationwide, and less than 3 percent worldwide. Read more

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