ICYMI: RRC Data Shows Dramatic Decline in Flaring in Texas

August 2, 2021

Last week, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) released new data showing Texas oil and natural gas production continues to show a downward trend in flaring intensity. According to numbers released from the agency, “the percentage of natural gas flared compared to the natural gas produced from oil and gas wells in Texas dropped from a high of 2.29% in June 2019 to 0.65% in May 2021. During the same period, the volume of gas flared decreased by approximately 73%.”

Additionally, “the average percentage of natural gas flared has remained below 2% statewide since October 2019, making Texas one of the lowest in flaring rates among all large producing states in the nation.”

The release also highlights the recent changes in online reporting and forms for operators at the RRC which will continue to promote transparency.

Read the full release from the Railroad Commission HERE.

The Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition (the Coalition) applauded these numbers and the continued progress of operators to reduce flaring. The numbers are on track with the Coalition’s goal to end routine flaring by 2030.