"As North Dakota Oil Soars, So Does Waste Of Natural Gas"

"BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil drillers are falling far short of the state’s goals to limit the burning of excess natural gas at well heads, five years after the state adopted the rules to reduce the wasteful and environmentally harmful practice.

The industry has spent billions of dollars on infrastructure but is at least two years from catching up, and regulators are projecting that the state’s increasing gas production will still outstrip that new capacity.

Environmentalists and even a key Republican say the problem will persist as long as the state doesn’t take a tougher approach with the industry, which has largely avoided financial penalties."

James MacPherson reports for the Associated Press May 27, 2019.

Source: AP, 05/29/2019