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Kate Willyard

Student, Texas A&M University

Kate Willyard is a PhD candidate at Texas A&M University's Sociology Department. Her dissertation research analyzing the effects of organizational, community, and state regulatory characteristics on Texas oil and gas venting and flaring practices has been supported by the Texas A&M University Sociology Student Awards Committee, the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, and the National Science Foundation.

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The need for better Texas oil and gas industry regulatory data

RRC’s information on oil and gas venting and flaring practices provides a critical measure of the efficiency of the oil and gas industry. With improved access to and clarity of information on venting and flaring volumes, scientists and the general public can better understand why, when and where some types of organizations and wells vent or flare at a higher rate than others.