Association Webinars: Quantifying the Role of Midstream Congestion and Market Structure in Permian Flaring



In this webinar, we investigate the role of constraints in the supply chain of natural gas production on flaring. Using a novel dataset on shale development activity in West Texas’ Permian Basin. We estimate the causal impact of limited transmission pipeline capacity on flaring. In addition, we estimate short-run relationships between variation in natural gas processing capacity and gathering line density on flaring. Finally, we examine the potential substitution between flaring and methane leakage in the supply chain for natural gas.


Mark Agerton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics( at UC Davis and a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies ( housed at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Agerton works on issues in energy, environment and resource economics. Agerton earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. in Spanish from Davidson College.

Wesley Blundell is a Assistant Professor at the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. Dr. Blundell received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on environmental regulation, industrial organization, and policy. Dr. Blundell’s research has appeared in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Ben Gilbert is a Assistant Professor with the Division of Economics & Business at Colorado School of Mines. He is an applied microeconomist who studies the relationship between public policy, energy and natural resource markets. His research addresses problems in energy supply, energy efficiency, regulation, firm and industrial organization, behavioral economics, marine resources, and the housing market. Ben holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in Economics and English from Whitman College.

Greg Upton is an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Energy Studies at Louisiana State University. Dr. Upton’s research is at the intersection of energy and environmental economics. He has over 30 publications and has presented his work to approximately 150 industry, governmental and academic audiences, and has been quoted or cited over 100 times in local and national media. Dr. Upton holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Louisiana State University where he also received both an M.A. in economics and a B.S. in economics with a concentration in empirical analysis.

Event Date: July 13, 2022

Event Time: 10:00 - 11:00 aM Eastern Time

Topic: Quantifying the Role of Midstream Congestion and Market Structure in Permian Flaring

Speakers: Mark Agerton, Wesley Blundell, Ben Gilbert, and Greg Upton

Price: FREE

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