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Daily on Energy: Texas debates mandating oil production cuts

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By Josh Siegel and Abby Smith | 14 April 2020

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Texas can lead in producing a “real” U.S. oil production cut to save the shale industry, Scott Sheffield, CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, argued Tuesday in calling for the state to take action to force companies to hold back their production for the first time since 1973.

Sheffield opened all-day testimony before the Texas Railroad Commission, which is considering imposing “pro-rationing” on oil companies in the largest-producing state. The measure would require drillers to reduce their production by certain percentages until it no longer exceeds market demand.

Pioneer is one of two Austin-based companies with Parsley Energy that has called on the Texas oil regulator to act, despite the overwhelming opposition from large oil majors, refiners, and the trade groups that represent them, who fear a mandate would upset the free-market system in the U.S. […]

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