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Natural gas is flared into the atmosphere Friday north of South Heart. The oil industry has invested more than $3 billion to develop infrastructure to capture the gas in North Dakota.

To capture a commodity; oil industry spends billions to capture natural gas

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In one of the largest efforts to capture a valuable commodity in the state, the oil industry is spending more than $3 billion in North Dakota to secure natural gas, officials said Friday.

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"This is an unprecedented effort by the industry to capture this gas," said Ron Ness, North Dakota Petroleum Council president.

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