Restricting North Dakota gas-flaring would delay oil output, impose costs

Trisha Curtis Tyler Ware Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc. Washington, DC Public concerns about flaring of natural gas have led to suggestions that the practice be prohibited in booming North Dakota even if it means permanently or temporarily halting crude oil production. An analysis by the Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc. indicates that production delays of only a few years would be very costly. Policies on flaring must weigh prospective losses against any gains in environmental protection and saved gas. A decision to prohibit flaring would have to be based on the conclusion that the environmental benefits outweigh the economic costs of delayed oil production. However, the los...

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