Senate pipeline bill aimed at reducing gas flaring

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 10:24 am •  Published: March 13, 2014
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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's senators want to speed up the permitting of some natural gas pipelines on federal and tribal lands to reduce flaring.

U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi along with Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota introduced a bill Wednesday to create an exemption for proposed natural gas gathering pipelines under the National Environmental Policy Act. The secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture would have to grant permits to such lines outside of national parks and wildlife refuges within 30 days.

The senators say that would help more oil wells get pipelines that can ship unprocessed natural gas to plants where it can be processed and sent to markets rather than flared.

According to the Energy Information Administration, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming have the highest amounts of flared and vented gas.