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North Dakota Flares Down

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By Magdalena Salamon, Hart Energy
March 21, 2014

Last November, the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) assembled its first Flaring Task Force to deal with the state's chronic gas flaring problem. Despite more than 9,500 miles of gas gathering pipes already in place and 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of gas processing capacity, nearly 30% of Bakken gas is flared, according to state data. The problem has become worse over the past two years, as production growth has greatly outpaced infrastructure construction. With increasing production from a basin that spans 22,303 square miles (sq m), natural ...

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