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Luke Metzger
The just voted 2-1 to grant request from Exco to flare natural gas even though Williams pipeline is available to transport it. Incredibly wasteful and polluting. There have been more than 27,000 requests to flare in last 7 years and Railroad Commission granted every one.
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @rfelliott
According to , in first quarter of this year, 740 million cubic feet of gas a day was flared in the Permian and Eagle Ford. That’s $1.8 million a day of gas a day up in smoke and the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of nearly 5 million cars driving for a day.
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @lukemetzger
And those numbers are likely very conservative, as a new study from Texas A&M shows that the actual volume is double what is being reported.
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @lukemetzger
Chairman Christian, who recently defended flaring in an oped in USA Today, voted *against* the Exco request today and says he has "serious concerns about the frequency and ease with which this Commission grants flaring exemptions"
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @lukemetzger
Christian says there's "a lot of incentive to flare out of convenience and economics rather than necessity." He says he's concerned about whether flaring is in the longterm best interest of Texas and the industry.
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @lukemetzger
He asked staff to find out how many wells received flaring exemption that exceed 180 days that are physically connected to a pipeline.
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @txrrc
Seems like the critiques that this "widespread waste" is a "black eye" for Texas is finally getting to the . Question remains whether they'll actually do anything with the data they requested. They had chance to act today and instead just granted yet another waiver.
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @txrrc
Even industry agrees temporarily shutting down drilling is preferable to flaring. Apache CEO John Christmann said “this is the proper approach from both an environmental and economic perspective relative to other industry practices such as flaring.”
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @txrrc
Texas and this planet are facing a climate emergency. From the 2011 drought to Hurricane Harvey, global warming is already causing havoc. And if we don’t take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, especially from the oil and gas sector, we’re going to face punishing impacts.
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Luke Metzger Aug 6
Replying to @lukemetzger
Ending flaring is a no-brainer and one of the easiest steps we can take to fight global warming.
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