Exploration & Production

North Dakotan oil companies exceed flaring targets

North Dakota’s oil companies flared 17% of the gas they produced in September, exceeding the state’s flaring targets for the first time since guidelines were introduced in 2014.
By Staff reporter 16 November 2017 0 28428

North Dakota’s oil companies flared 17% of the gas they produced in September, exceeding the state’s flaring targets for the first time since guidelines were introduced in 2014.

The excess was attributed to unanticipated maintenance problems with pipelines, gas processing plants and compressor stations, the state’s director of mineral resources, Lynn Helms, told The Bismarck Tribune.

Guidelines set by the North Dakota Industrial Commission say oil companies must capture 85% of the gas they produce and limit flaring to no more than 15%, according to...