BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have denied an oil company’s request to be exempt from the state’s rules for burning off and wasting natural gas.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that North Dakota’s Industrial Commission on Wednesday denied Marathon Oil’s request for several exemptions from the state’s flaring restrictions for several wells predominantly on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
The company wanted the exemptions until larger pipelines are built in the area.
But the three-member panel headed by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum denied the request, saying it would be counter to the state’s policy that requires at least 85 percent of the gas to be captured.