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Press File Photo by April Baumgarten A flare burns against the twilight sky on Oct. 14, 2011, northeast of South Heart.

Flagrantly flaring: North Dakota to roll out new plan to curb outsized rate of wells burning off natural gas


FARGO — North Dakota is the No. 2 oil-producing state in the U.S., but it’s the king of flaring natural gas.

The flames that light up North Dakota wells at night burn off enough gas in one day to provide a week’s worth of natural gas to the state of Delaware, a recent study by energy firm Ceres reported.

Over 12 months ending in May 2012, according to the same study, North Dakota wells burned off $1 billion in natural gas.

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Patrick Springer
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