State mineral resources director Lynn Helms says it appears to him that the oil industry is taking the issue of reducing natural gas flaring seriously.
Last year, flaring was as high as 36 percent.
Helms says last year at this time, Gov. Jack Dalrymple told the industry that it had to fix this.
"Here we are, a year later, with rules in place, an order in place and gas capture plans in place,"" said Helms. "We were at 36 percent last year. Now we're at 26 percent."