Gas flaring in the Eagle Ford Shale oil field burned more than 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas and released tons of pollutants into the air in the first seven months of 2014.
The amount exceeded the total waste and pollution from gas flaring for all of 2012.
New records analyzed by the San Antonio Express-News show that gas flaring in the oil patch has continued to increase in the Eagle Ford, an upward trend first revealed in a yearlong San Antonio Express-News investigation called Up in Flames that was published in August.
From January to July, energy companies flared and wasted enough natural gas to fuel CPS Energy’s 800-megawatt Rio Nogales power plant during the same seven months.
The newspaper also found some of the top sources of flaring in 2014 lacked state-mandated permits to flare natural gas.
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The Up In Flames series can be found here.