North Dakota drillers “burn off $100 million” in natural gas per month

Reuters photo Shannon Stapleton Source: MSN

Ernest Dempsey has this report about the huge amounts of wasted gas burned off by oil producers in North Dakota.  He writes:

One third of the natural gas drilled off the Bakkenshale oil fields in North Dakota is being let to dissipate in the air by oil producers, informs a Reuters report on MSN News. The gas thus wasted is valued at more than $100 million a month, says the report.

A story on this topic in The Dickinson Press explains that natural gas drilled along with oil cannot be stored like oil in tanks and needs to be piped immediately to a processing facility. The story tells that gas flaring in these fields has increased three-fold in the past three years and while in Alaska and Texas, gas flaring makes less than 1% of that extracted, in North Dakota fields flared gas formed about 29% of the total gas extracted in the state in May 2013.

Dempsey also references a Rigzone  report stating that oil and gas production reached an all time high this year, with the number of completed wells growing from 10 to 143.

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