Flaring rate dropping in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – State data show the amount of natural gas that was burned off as a byproduct of oil production is dropping as crude production rises.

State Department of Mineral Resources statistics show natural gas production in October was at record levels, at more than 796,000 million cubic feet daily.

Records show the percentage of natural gas that was flared in October was 30%. The record high for flaring was set in September 2011 at 36%.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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