Last week, North Dakota landowners filed 10 class-action lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in lost royalties from some of the biggest drilling companies, the New York Times reported.
The owners of the mineral rights are unhappy that the companies have been burning or flaring natural gas.
The companies have been burning the natural gas because there are no pipelines for transporting it. About 30 percent of the natural gas from North Dakota wells are burned.
That means that about $100 million a month is lost.
The suits seek to force the drillers to pay royalties on the natural gas being burned.
The North Dakota Petroleum Council recently called to reduce flaring of natural gas in the sttae.
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