A bill designed to end the flaring of natural gas in western North Dakota has been defeated in the North Dakota Senate.
Currently, nearily a third of the natural gas produced by oil drilling in the Bakken is flared. Under current law, a company can flare the gas for a year without penalty – and may as for a waiver. Sen. Tim Mathern (D-Fargo) wanted to eliminate any waivers.
"I thin k we're missing out on an economic opportunity," Mathern told his Senate colleagues. "We're being wasteful of the environment, we're being wasteful of energy and the resources before us."