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Hoeven, senators introduce bill to reduce natural gas flaring

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WASHINGTON - Today, Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act. The legislation expedites the permitting of natural gas gathering lines located on federal and Indian lands.

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Natural gas gathering lines are pipelines that ship unprocessed natural gas from oil and gas wells to natural gas processing plants which separate the gases (e.g., methane, ethane, propane) from one another. Once processed, the various gases are shipped along interstate natural gas pipelines to market.

"Our legislation is a good example of how we can produce more energy with better environmental stewardship by empowering states and tribes to develop their energy resources," Hoeven said. "It will create better environmental stewardship, and at the same time, move us closer to our long-sought goal of true energy independence."

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