The flaring of natural gas spiked upward in May.
It’s back up to 11-and-a-half percent.
"There are a couple of reasons," said State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms. "Natural gas production went up, and there was no additional processing or gathering capacity ready to take that up."
Production rose to 1,643,522 MCF per day, from April's 1,616,769 MCF per day.
Helms said the Hess Tioga gas plant ran only at 74 percent of capacity. He said that’s because of a delay in a project that would bring natural gas from south of Lake Sakakawea to that plant.