Aug. 27 — Oil drillers are burning excess natural gas to keep the crude oil ﬂowing. Natural gas is mostly a byproduct of crude oil drilling in the Permian Basin. So the shortage of pipeline capacity to transport the gas to market has played a role in companies burning — or ﬂaring — large amounts of natural gas to keep that roadblock from slowing oil production. State data and analysts’ reports show large increases in ﬂaring permits and volumes in Texas. A similar situation happened — although with much larger percentages ﬂared — several years ago in North Dakota. That prompted state regulators to rein in the practice. Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton said this summer he expects to address the situation within the next six months.
Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.