Gas flaring in Texas may become more difficult due to new measures adopted by the Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas companies. A new application procedure for flaring permits could cut the length of time they are valid by between 50 and 80 percent. It would also ask producers to supply more information to justify the need to flare gas.
The changes alter the application process for a flaring permit, not the flaring rule itself. The RRC said these changes will provide incentives to companies that flare less gas. It will also enable the collection of more data to ease audits of flaring practices.
RRC chairman Christi Craddock believes the new procedures are “a great step forward for the energy industry in Texas.”
Fellow commissioner Wayne Christian added, “Texas has done a tremendous job reducing flaring this year, flaring less than a half a percent of gas produced in May 2020. This form change is a big and important step towards minimizing routine flaring in Texas, allowing our agency to collect the information it needs to better determine who is following the rules when it comes to flaring and who is not.”