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Published January 29, 2014, 02:52 PM

ND group announces natural gas capturing goal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A group that represents hundreds of companies working in North Dakota's oil patch says it has a goal of capturing most of the natural gas that currently is being burned as a byproduct of oil production.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A group that represents hundreds of companies working in North Dakota's oil patch says it has a goal of capturing most of the natural gas that currently is being burned as a byproduct of oil production.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council's flaring task force presented a plan Wednesday to state regulators to capture 85 percent of natural gas within two years and 90 percent in six years.

Task force chairman Eric Dille says the goals are achievable.

About 30 percent of the state's gas production is now being burned off, or flared, because development of the pipelines and processing facilities needed to handle it has not kept pace with production.

Officials say the industry has invested more than $6 billion in infrastructure to capture natural gas.


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