Officials: Progress made to ease ND gas flaringOfficials say progress is being made to curb excessive natural gas flaring in North Dakota.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say progress is being made to curb excessive natural gas flaring in North Dakota.
Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer says the amount of natural gas that is burned daily by drillers in North Dakota's oil patch could heat more than 2,300 homes in the state for a year. He says he hopes that will dramatically decrease in the next year.
State Department of Mineral Resources statistics show that more than one-third of the gas produced in North Dakota is burned off as a byproduct of oil production.
Agency spokeswoman Alison Ritter says about $3 billion in infrastructure improvements are planned in North Dakota to process natural gas. She says the state could expect the amount of flared gas to decrease by two-thirds with expanded processing plants.