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Interior Secretary to visit ND, talk flaring

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm •  Published: May 9, 2014

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor will be in Dickinson Friday to discuss venting and flaring on public lands with government, tribal and oil and gas officials.

Connor's visit is a part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan to create jobs and cut carbon pollution.

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. The development of pipelines and processing facilities that can capture gas hasn't kept pace with oil drilling.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission considered a proposal in April that would cut back on the state's booming oil production to control the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites.