With Focus on Oil, Companies Waste Natural Gas

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A newspaper analysis has found that no region in Texas has burned off as much natural gas while obtaining oil as in rural South Texas' Eagle Ford Shale, an area that has a shortage of pipelines that could transport the gas to processing plants.

The San Antonio Express-News says oil and gas companies rushing to drill in the Eagle Ford since 2009 have burned and wasted enough natural gas to meet the heating and cooking needs of 335,000 Texas homes for a year.

The newspaper found that since the early days of the energy boom in 2009, statewide flaring and venting in Texas surged by 400 percent to 33 billion cubic feet in 2012.

Nearly two-thirds of the gas lost that year came from the Eagle Ford.