The North Dakota Industrial Commission has turned down an oil company’s request for relief from the state’s natural gas flaring restrictions.
Marathon Oil had asked for the exemptions for a number of wells on or near the Fort Berthold Reservation. State mineral resources director Lynn Helms told the Commission Marathon asked for it due to “operational constraints and system design limitations.”
"The pipes are too small," Helms told the Commission. He recommended the Commission deny the request.
"This is exactly counter to your gas capture policy," Helms said.