Pressure by state officials on oil producers and pipeline companies is likely needed to address the flaring problem in the Permian Basin, the head of a large Permian pure-play company said.

Though natural gas pipelines providing additional takeaway capacity are welcomed, low natural gas prices, pipeline takeaway commitments and other economic factors remain an issue when it comes to flaring of gas, according to Pioneer Natural Resources Co. CEO Scott Sheffield.

“That’s the biggest issue we have to solve with the producers and with the pipeline companies,” Sheffield said during a recent Permian-focused event hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. “And the states probably need to do a better job of putting more pressure on both groups of people, in my opinion, to solve that problem.”

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