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Texas Oil Group Vows to Limit Flaring as State Signals Crackdown

  • Industry’s environmental impacts are under increased scrutiny
  • Coalition says it aims to end routine gas flaring by 2030
   
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

A coalition of Texas oil industry groups is pledging to end routine flaring of natural gas from wells and other facilities by 2030 amid signs that state regulators may crack down on the controversial practice.

The Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition, formed in 2019, “supports industry’s continued progress to end routine flaring and shares a goal of ending this practice by 2030,” the group said Wednesday in a statement. Routine flaring is industry jargon for burning off excess gas when it isn’t necessitated by pipeline malfunctions or other short-term events.