North Dakota regulators extend, toughen gas flaring mandate

By Blake Nicholson, Associated Press.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have given the oil industry an additional 10 months next year to cut down on the reduction of wasteful flaring of natural gas but also implemented a stiffer long-term benchmark.

The decision Thursday by the state Industrial Commission pleased neither the industry nor environmental groups, but regulators said it’s a give-and-take aimed at putting more natural gas on the market to the benefit of both energy companies and consumers.

"I'm interested in the end game where do we wind up," said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who sits not he commission with Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, all Republicans.