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Flaring Backlash Has Texas Regulator Pointing to OPEC

Feb. 19, 2020, 5:00 AM

A top Texas energy regulator said that any large-scale reduction in natural gas flaring in the state will cause a “dramatic” increase in crude prices while having little effect on global efforts to reduce the controversial practice.

OPEC members such as Iran and Iraq burn off much more of their gas and could cut flaring more easily, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton said in a report Tuesday. “Other nations are flaring at levels four times higher than Texas,” he said. “They, therefore, present much more efficient paths to global flaring reductions.”

The report comes as Sitton, one of three Republicans...

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