Republican state senator requests flaring study

Sep 27, 2013 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A Republican state lawmaker is calling for a state study of the environmental effects of natural gas flaring.

Sen. Jim Anderson, of Glenrock, says he receives complaints from neighbors in Converse County daily about flaring from nearby oil wells.

Anderson is a member of the Legislature's Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee, which discussed the flaring issue Thursday in Cheyenne.

Companies drilling for oil in the area also strike natural gas. Without many pipelines to transport the natural gas to market, companies have been burning it off at the well site.

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