"Power is the last thing that anybody really ever thinks about," Jameson said. "Most operators and producers out here, they're here to produce. No one thinks about power until they realize, 'We can't produce that well without it."
This is a Dallas News article from 2018 that discusses the amount of electricity being used in the Permian Basin's unconventional, shaley carbonate plays. What was done about it then, or since then? Not very damn much except that tons more wells have been added, electricity use has increased...and flaring associated gas has skyrocketed.
I am told there were NOT a lot of power outages in West Texas this past week and that is quite possible an ERCOT decision to try and keep oil wells on rod lift and ESP producing...and flares burning. But that was electricity that could have been used elsewhere in Texas to keep people warm and with water and food.
This piggy backs my post earlier in the week about power outages in Texas in record breaking cold; you decide if Texas shale oil sector is being regulated properly. If you are a Texan you should be extremely pissed off, as I am.