Tribe wants fee on wasted natural gas

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in North Dakota want to make oil companies pay for burning and wasting natural gas.

The Three Affiliated Tribes outlined its plan to impose fees in a six-page document sent to oil companies. The tribe says companies would be required to pay royalties for “flaring” natural gas to compensate for lost revenue when the gas isn’t brought to market.