Gas glut in Texas sparks dilemma over how much to burn
from Longview News-Journal
Texas is facing a burning question that's pitting the state's economy against its environment, and oil drillers against each other. With natural gas pipelines in the Permian Basin reaching 98 percent of capacity, Texas is weighing whether to keep intact or loosen strict state regulations that limit flaring, the process used by drillers to burn off excess gas pumped up along with their oil. Now the limit for individual wells is 45 days. After that, without a rare-granted exemption, the gas must be piped away or the well must close.
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