Texas Oil Body Makes It a Little Harder for Wells to Flare Gas

Sept. 14, 2021, 8:14 PM

Getting a permit to burn excess natural gas at Texas oil wells is getting a little bit harder.

Texas Railroad Commissioners limited an oil driller to flaring gas for just one year as opposed to the two years it sought at a meeting Tuesday. The commission approved 31 other requests from oil and gas companies, including five more to flare gas, without any changes.

Commissioner Jim Wright said a well not having pipeline service is no longer a good enough reason to flare, the industry practice of burning off natural gas produced as a byproduct of drilling for oil. The ...

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