Fracking Companies Ask Regulators to Impose Production Cuts

by | Jan 14, 2021

At a three-hour virtual open meeting in mid-April, Texas regulators met to consider requests by shale gas firms Pioneer Natural Resources and Parsley Energy to mandate a statewide production cut. Nearly 60 stakeholders in the oil and gas industry testified both for and against the idea, reported TV station KOSA CBS7. It’s the first time since the 1970s that oil and gas producers have asked Texas regulators to interfere in the global energy market. Status: Meeting held April 14, 2020.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.