Last month, Texans for Natural Gas (TNG) released a post discussing the Permian Basin’s role as a leader in emissions reductions. TNG highlighted the Texas oil and natural gas industry’s efforts to implement responsible operations practices across their businesses over the years.
As a result of these efforts, flaring has been reduced and methane intensity has dropped in the Permian Basin, the state of Texas, and the United states as a whole. Between 2011 and 2021, methane intensity in the Permian Basin fell more than 76% even as production surged by 345%. In addition, between 2020 and 2021, the Permian Basin decreased flaring intensity by 34%, and Texas reduced its intensity by 60% during the same time frame.
In addition, industry led partnerships like the Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition, Environmental Partnership and the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring pledge have brought operators together in a collaborative manner with the shared goal of eliminating routine flaring by 2023 by identifying and advocating for best practices.
Texas producers continue to reduce emissions, underscoring that producing affordable reliable energy and achieving environmental progress are not mutually exclusive. The Permian Basin’s leadership reducing emissions reaffirms industry’s commitment to making not just our state and nation—but our world—cleaner, stronger, and better.