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Texas Oil Regulator Signals Flaring Crackdown After Backlash

  • Powerful state agency defers several applications to flare gas
  • Commission’s newest member calls for further review by staff
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Texas’s energy regulator is taking an uncharacteristically critical approach toward burning off excess natural gas, a sign that growing pressure from environmentalists and investors to curb the controversial practice is paying off.

The Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday deferred a series of applications belonging to oil companies including Ovintiv Inc. One request by SN Operating LLC sought to flare more than $1 million worth of gas because it would be too expensive to build a pipeline to haul the fuel to markets, a claim the agency’s newest member said warranted “further investigation.”