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Flares have become a common sight in the Bakken, but to several mineral owners some of those flames represent millions of dollars in lost royalties.

Lawsuits have been filed by ten mineral rights owners against several oil companies operating in the Bakken. The claims are being represented by a legal team of lawyers from around the country and one firm is here in North Dakota.

"The claim is that the operators need to be paying royalties on the gas that they've been flaring. There's a statute in North Dakota that allows them to obtain an exemption for flaring after 1 year and from what we've seen most of the operators for many wells are not applying for that exemption but continuing to flare gas anyway," says Derrick Braaten, Baumstark Braaten Law.

A major roadblock in getting natural gas to get to market, is the lack of infrastructure in pipelines and gas processing plants.

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