Whether Texas Railroad Commissioners opt to pursue proration in Texas, limiting the amount of oil and gas that can be produced, remains to be seen. But the timing could be perfect, analysts say, for action on another topic—flaring.

Battered by plunging oil prices that have prompted massive spending cuts and layoffs, a couple of the state’s biggest oil producers have asked regulators to mandate a 20% oil production cut instead of letting the global market correct itself. Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and Parsley Energy Inc., a duo of Permian Basin pure-plays, also support reducing the amount of flaring and venting of natural gas in the basin.

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