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Amy Dalrymple / Forum News Service Natural gas is flared on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

ND to roll out new plan to curb outsized rate of wells burning off natural gas

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

If all of the gas produced in North Dakota in a single day were harnessed – almost 30 percent is lost to flaring – it would provide a week’s worth to power the needs of Delaware, figures show.

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Patrick Springer
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