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In North Dakota's oil bonanza, natural gas goes up in flames
In North Dakota's oil bonanza, natural gas goes up in flames

Frank and Wanda Leppell once lived on a quiet cattle ranch in the middle of a rolling prairie, the lowing of cattle and the chirping of sparrows forming a pleasant soundtrack to their mornings. No more. Not since the pasture they began leasing in 2009 became part of one of the nation's most productive new oil fields. Not since a well barely 200 yards from their front porch began shooting a torch of burning gas skyward, 24 hours a day, with a force as loud as a jet engine. "My bedroom's like day — I don't need a night light," said Wanda Leppell, who has pleaded with state officials — so far without success — to do something. Her husband minces...

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