Discussion in Texas among a handful of Permian producers and at least one commissioner with the Texas Railroad Commission is calling for reinstitution of proration as an administrative tactic to adjust to the crippling global oversupply in oil.

Proration is an administrative policy that adjusts hydrocarbon production to market demand.
Proration is an obtuse, nebulous term to anyone born after 1960. However, Texas oil production operated exclusively under proration from 1928 unofficially and officially in the 1930s until the U.S. imported its first barrel of oil four decades later in the 1970s. At that point, the railroad commission lifted production restrictions other than for conservation.

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