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Flaring task force report delayed

A task force report on the flaring of natural gas will be delayed until the end of January.

The task force is looking at ways to reduce flaring. It was supposed to report to the state Industrial Commission this week. But state mineral resources director Lynn Helms says the report will be given January 29th.

"They took on a bigger task than they anticipated," said Helms. "When they held the summit in September, they expected one or two dozen people to show up. They had over 60. It really sized up the problem for them."

Helms says the task force formed two work groups to look at the issue.

"It's a big job," said Helms.

In October – about 28 percent of the natural gas produced through oil development was flared.

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