Flaring and Methane Emissions Reductions
Flaring is the regulated process of burning excess natural gas during oil and gas development.
In Texas, only a small fraction of all natural gas produced is vented or flared.
"The practice [of flaring] is relatively rare in the Eagle Ford of South Texas, where infrastructure is more accessible."
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"From 2011 to 2017, methane emissions declined in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford as oil and gas production surged."
Nationwide, the oil and gas industry reduced methane emissions by nearly 800,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from 2016 to 2018.
This is the equivalent of taking nearly 170,000 cars off the road.
More pipelines means less venting and flaring.
Source: U.S. EPA GHG Inventory (2019)