Increase in "Flaring" Tied to Pipeline Shortages

With oil production on the rise in Texas, drilling companies are increasingly burning off the natural gas that surfaces with the oil because they can't get pipelines in place fast enough to transport it.

“There’s just more demand for pipelines than they can currently keep up with,” said James Mann, a lawyer who represents pipeline companies.

But the process — called "flaring" — is raising concerns among environmentalists, who say it releases nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and other emissions with public health risks into the atmosphere.

“There is clearly a cause for concern with the sheer magnitude of flaring that is ...

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