ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Permian Basin Petroleum Association made their way to Austin Tuesday for the Texas Railroad Commission meeting. Their goal was to advocate for the reduction of flaring in the Permian Basin.
“It’s important to us because PBPA members live, work, and raise their families in the Permian Basin and we all recognize the importance of energy production and environmental stewardship,” said Michael Lozano, the Media Relations Representative and member of the PBPA.
“PBPA joined with seven other trade associations across the state as well as 40 other member companies oil and gas operators, some small some large, to develop a coalition, the Texas Methan and Flaring Coalition,” he said.
Flaring is the burning of natural gas that is a byproduct of oil production, the coalition provided evidence on flaring and methane emissions in the Permian Basin. Lozano says together their goal is to reduce flaring across the state of Texas and come up with alternative methods and technology in order to do that.
Lozano said, “One of the basic thing we can do is help build more infrastructure. Especially in the Permian Basin development has been incredible we are producing in the region 4 times more oil and gas than we were just a decade ago.”
The president of the PBPA, Ben Sheppard, said “Now is not the time to slow down the construction of essential infrastructure in the Permian Basin oil and gas market. Infrastructure is as much a solution as new technology.”