Orvis State natural gas flare 02 - Evanson Place - Arnegard North Dakota - 2013-07-04
Natural gas flares from a flare-head at the Orvis State well on the Evanson family farm in McKenzie County, North Dakota, east of Arnegard and west of Watford City.
There are few pipelines in McKenzie County, and almost none of the them oil pipelines. Nearly all oil is trucked out, and semi trucks clog the local highways. Oil generally is trucked out only in good weather (most roads are dirt), so rainy or winter months there is little oil moving. In good weather, trucks run about 20 hours a day, and drivers do nothing but take empty trucks out, collect oil, take full trucks to the local processing plant, unload, and repeat.
Natural gas is so plentiful, and there is no way to get it out. So most of it is flared (burned) off.