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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


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.

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

The Bakken's potential production area is almost 15,000 square miles, Ness said. Infrastructure for capturing oil has not been built in the oilfield.

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