ND regulator says natural gas production will rise

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Preliminary study results say North Dakota's natural gas production is likely to rise as future oil output falls.

Natural gas is a byproduct of oil production. North Dakota Department of Natural Resources director Lynn Helms says normally, when a well's oil output starts going down, its natural gas production also declines.

Helms says a study predicts North Dakota's wells will be different. He says natural gas output is likely to rise as oil production declines.

And Helms says the greater value of North Dakota's natural gas has helped maintain interest in producing it, even while the price of natural gas has been going down.

North Dakota's natural gas also contains other fuels, like ethane, which is used to make welding gas, and butane, which is used to make petrochemicals.

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