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North Dakota flaring crackdown may slow Bakken oilfield growth

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HOUSTON — North Dakota is cracking down on flaring, the wasteful burning of natural gas, with strict rules that may stymie development in areas far from pipelines in a state that is one of the fastest-growing U.S. oilfields.

The new rules also will effectively reinforce the competitive advantage enjoyed by producers that have already taken steps to curb flaring.

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