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You’re Looking at Methane Emissions All Wrong, Industry Says

  • By one measure, gas waste in Permian Basin on decline: report
  • Trio of oil-industry groups push back on flaring controversy
The silhouette of an electric oil pump jack is seen near a flare at night in the oil fields surrounding Midland, Texas.
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Although drillers in North America’s biggest oil field are burning off more natural gas than ever before, industry advocates say it’s not as bad as it looks.

Methane-emissions intensity in the Permian Basin plunged 64% in the past seven years, even as crude production surged, according to a report by Texans for Natural Gas, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.