North Dakota Oil Industry Missed Natural Gas Flaring Target in October

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Revised numbers show North Dakota’s oil industry failed to meet the state’s natural gas flaring goals in October.

The latest numbers from the Mineral Resources Department show the industry flared slightly more than 16 percent of natural gas produced in October — not 15 percent as the agency reported from preliminary figures.

North Dakota’s Industrial Commission requires companies to flare no more than 15 percent, to reduce wasteful flaring. Regulators can limit oil production for companies that fail to meet the target. But the policy also includes many exceptions, making restrictions rare.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 11 companies flared more than 15 percent in October, but none of them were ordered to limit oil production because they met one of the conditions in the policy.

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