Bet you were surprised by the date - yes, the Texas RRC did act to eliminate gas flaring, 70 years ago. Since the first wells were brought in way before 1930, a lot of gas went up in smoke (or vent) before then. And the journey to cut flaring was a long one. Bottom line, the simplest solution is to not approve a drilling permit without the gas handling setup in place. But since that drives up costs for wells that end up not being worth it, it wasn't popular. Reading this will also provide some enlightenment as to why the Commission uses certain terms for reporting production, and finally answer that burning question "why is casinghead gas called casinghead gas?"
Prindle Article from1981 History of Texas Elimination of Flaring 1930 1949
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