Calling natural gas flaring “a wasted resource,” Commissioner Jim Wright of the Railroad Commission of Texas said the problem in Mexico needs to be solved by improving markets.

Pemex flaring

Speaking Tuesday at the U.S.-Mexico LDC Forum in San Antonio, TX, Wright cited the fact that flaring was plunging in Texas and was now at half a percentage point of produced gas; whereas Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) flared 13% of its gas in the third quarter, or 606 MMcf/d.

“A sustainable natural gas market will eliminate waste and most needs to flare,” Wright said. “The solution to the flaring problem is at the market,” and “not at the wellhead,” he added.

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