(BISMARCK, N.D.) – Senator Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, introduced a bill today that would cease natural gas flaring from an oil well one year after completion. At that time, the flaring of gas must cease and natural gas must be gathered for economic and energy reasons.
“Flaring natural gas is a missed economic opportunity for oil companies, royalty owners and our state,” Mathern said. “With readily available technology, there’s no reason why we should allow flaring exemptions past the first year of production at an oil well site.”
In a report released in 2011, the U.S. Energy and Information Administration stated that North Dakota had been flaring over 35% of their natural gas production, which is considerably higher than the national average of 1%.
“Flaring is wasteful,” Mathern added. “We’re simply burning up 30 percent of the natural gas that could be used to heat homes or business.”