Oil company receives 6-month flaring exemption
The state Industrial Commission has approved a six month natural gas flaring exemption for an oil company – due to that company’s inability to get some wells connected to a gas gathering pipeline.
It affects several wells in Dunn County.
State mineral resources director Lynn Helms says OneOK – a natural gas processing company – has been unable to get a pipeline easement on a tract of land on the Fort Berthold Reservation.
"It's a very significant pipeline," said Helms. "It would carry 40 million cubic feet a day."
Helms says the company had proposed re-routing the pipeline – but it could not get right-of-way on some federal land.
"So Plan C ended up being the one they're going with, which is to build a new gas plant, and route the gas in a different direction," said Helms.
That plant would be built near Killdeer.
Helms says that’s an 18-month delay.
The oil company – Occidental Petroleum – had asked for an 18 month exemption. But Helms says the company can come back to the Industrial Commission after that first six months is over – and ask for a further exemption.