A West Texas oil boom brings an increase in natural gas flaring

An oil boom is in full swing in the Permian Basin in West Texas along with one of its expected but more unwelcome sidekicks — natural gas flaring, according to a new report.

Permian Basin producers were burning off between 3 and 4 percent of their natural gas, higher than the state average, in 2014 and 2015, according to a report being released today by the Environmental Defense Fund. The report looked at gas flaring and venting data collected by the state’s oil and gas regulator, the Railroad Commission of Texas, for the 15 biggest operators in the nation’s busiest oil field.

Overall, companies working in the West Texas portion of the Permian Basin, which also extends into New Mexico, burned off around 80 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year…

 

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