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U.S. Official Discusses Flaring in Dickinson

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The U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor visits oil country to discuss flaring.

Friday afternoon, Connor met with community members in Dickinson to hear their concerns about flaring.

North Dakota drillers currently burn off, or flare, a record 36 percent of the gas that's a byproduct of the more valuable substance, oil.

Not only are there concerns that a valuable industry is going up in smoke, but residents bring up the impact flaring has on health, the environment and cropland.

While the state Industrial Commission is considering ways to control the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites, Secretary Connor says the standard for the country could be set here.

"You have to understand the uniqueness that exists in certain situations and that's always the challenge of one size fits all isn't necessarily the best approach so there's gotta be some flexibility in the rule to meet the appropriate standards and I think that's where regulations fare best when they have that incorporated in them." says Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor.

Secretary Connor was at Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation Thursday speaking with tribal leaders about the issue.

His goal is to have proposed new regulations passed by the end of this year.

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