By Mike Nowatski
The Dickinson Press, The Fargo Forum, The Grand Forks Herald, The Jamestown Sun
Photo Courtesy of Tom Stromme – The Bismarck Tribune
Bismarck – Activist groups urged North Dakota regulators on Monday to “get tough” with the oil industry and deny its request to relax the goals it helped develop to reduce the flaring of natural gas.
“They said they could do it. Now they have to live up to that,” Wayde Schafer of the Dacotah Chapter of the Sierra Club said during a press conference at the Capitol with representatives of the Dakota Resource Council and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
The state Industrial Commission is expected to decide Thursday whether to adjust the policy it adopted in March 2014 that aimed to curb the percentage of gas flared to 23 percent this year, 15 percent on Jan. 1, 2016, and 10 percent by October 2020.