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Permian Flaring Could Be Slashed At No Cost to Producers

  • Texas has defended practice by citing high cost to producers
  • ‘A lot of this is avoidable,’ Rystad Energy analyst says
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As much as 40% of the natural gas that’s expected to be flared in the Permian Basin in 2025 could be avoided at no cost to drillers if regulators abandoned their hands-off approach to the controversial practice, according to a report.

The vast majority of that would come from curbing so-called routine flaring, which is driven mainly by companies’ failure to adequately plan for the associated gas that’s produced alongside oil, the analysis by Rystad Energy on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund shows.