New pipeline takeaway capacity online with more to come is expected to help operators reduce the amount of gas flared in the Permian Basin amid a push by some for tougher environmental controls.

Speaking during a recent energy conference, Pioneer Natural Resources Co. CEO Scott Sheffield briefly addressed emissions during a conversation with Goldman Sachs managing director Brian Singer that covered topics such as production and price forecasts, OPEC and U.S. shale behavior, consolidation, variable dividends and investor relations.

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