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Webinar — Flaring in the Permian Basin: Outlook and Policy Responses

Since 2013, more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas have been flared in Texas alone, and surveys by the Environmental Defense Fund in the Permian Basin reveal consistently high rates of unlit or malfunctioning flares. Altogether, these issues severely compromise the environmental footprint of oil and gas production, and will have significant impacts on the future of the industry. Indeed, the recently blocked $7 billion Engie SA LNG deal is evidence of growing pressures from investors and consumers for energy producers to limit environmental impacts. So, understanding the drivers of flaring and evaluating the pathways for addressing it are paramount. 

Rystad Energy recently completed a report on flaring in the Permian Basin, which evaluates key flaring drivers, policy scenarios for reducing flaring and benefit-cost analysis of moving toward zero routine flaring. In this webinar, panelists discussed the report and the potential future of flaring.

This webinar was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, Rystad Energy and the Environmental Defense Fund. Follow @CES_Baker_Inst on Twitter, and join the conversation online with #BakerEnergy.

Rystad Energy PowerPoint Presentation
Rystad Energy Report: Permian Basin Flaring Outlook 



3:00 p.m. — Presentation
3:30 p.m. — Q&A

Featured Speakers

Mike McCormick
Project Manager, Rystad Energy

Colin Leyden
Director, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund

Mark Agerton, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute; Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis


Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute



Thu, Dec. 17, 2020
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar