The United States and Texas continue to make progress in reducing flaring, and the World Bank’s annual Global Gas Flaring Tracker Report details the progress made by the oil and natural gas industry to reduce flaring across the nation.
According to the report, there was a 32% decrease in flaring across the U.S. from 2019-2020. This included a decrease in flaring in two Texas basins – the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale. The report attributed lower production due to the COVID-19 pandemic as one factor, but also noted infrastructure improvements to capture and use natural gas rather than flare it as an important factor to the reduction in flaring. The United States represented the vast majority of the global decline in flaring – accounting for 70% of reductions globally.
The Coalition is committed to minimizing flaring and methane emissions in Texas through initiatives to reduce and eventually eliminate routine flaring, utilizing emerging technologies and innovations, emphasizing the importance of infrastructure, and collaborating on industry best practices – all solutions that underscore industry’s commitment to being a global leader in the responsible production of energy that powers modern life.