North Dakota orders 5 companies to reduce oil production in state

April 2, 2015 11:47 PM

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division has ordered five oil companies to reduce their production in the state as a penalty for flaring more gas than allowed.

Division spokeswoman Alison Ritter tells the Bismarck Tribune that this is the largest number of companies and wells the state has sanctioned since new restrictions took effect on Jan. 1. The new rules require companies to capture at least 77 percent of natural gas produced during oil production.

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