Texas bills aim to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production

A gas flare burns at sunset at an oil well site near Cheapside.

Lawmakers filed dozens of bills ahead of the 87th Texas Legislature that could impact the state’s environment, including two that seek to create additional controls for methane emissions from oil and gas production.

House Bill 896, filed by state Rep. Ron Reynolds, of District 27, would require new oil and gas facilities and existing facilities with modifications to establish a quarterly inspection and maintenance program.

Flare outside of Cuero

A flare-up can be seen at an oil processing plant near Cuero.

Flaring near Cheapside

A gas flare burns at sunset in an oil field near Cheapside in 2014.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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