The reduction of natural gas flaring in the Bakken.
That was the recurring theme today at the public hearing regarding the proposed expansion of Robinson Lake Gas Plant in Mountrail County.
The Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation plant was originally constructed in 2007 to process gas from oil production.
The expansion request would include the modification and installation of piping both above and below ground but still within the existing fence line of the gas plant.
(Randy Christmann, ND Public Service Commission) "One of the complaints that we hear about the oil and gas industry in general is the flaring. None of us want to waste resources. Here is an example of an expansion that is specifically to make use of more of the natural gas."
Whiting's primary effort is in oil production.
The gas plants - or 'midstream' effort only makes up ten percent of Whiting's presence in North Dakota.
The Robinson Lake Gas Plant currently processes 80-90 million cubic feet per day.
Whiting Midstream Manager Phillip Archer says the demand is much higher and if the expansion is approved, production will increase to 110 million cubic feet per day.
(Phillip Archer, Whiting Petroleum Corporation Midstream Manager) "We continue to be positively surprised by the opportunities here in this basin. The Sanish fields have continued to out perform our original expectations so it's a good position to be in, we have great acreage here."
Following the public hearing, Whiting representatives were asked to provide one more exhibit regarding potential growth in the future.
Once that exhibit has been provided, the application should be closed within four to six weeks.