The rate of natural gas flaring by producers in North Dakota declined to an average of 7.5% this year through September, bringing the level of gas burned at the wellhead of the production site below the state’s target for 2021, a new federal report showed.

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North Dakota set a gas capture goal to keep flaring/venting at 8% of production or less.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday that, in early 2020, natural gas production in North Dakota plummeted because of pandemic-related impacts. Output last year fell to 1.9 Bcf/d in May from 3.2 Bcf/d in March. But it bounced back to near pre-pandemic levels rapidly, reaching 2.9 Bcf/d by October 2020.

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