Instead of burning all that gas off why not just turn the valve & cap the well until they need it? Why keep drilling new if you can't handle what you already have?
The pressure is too great Sam. I remember a well blowing out, an uncommon thing nowadays in Texas. Much of the massive pressure has been relieved by previous drilling. So you don't see geysers like the old movies of the oil days. After I left the drilling rig I was on, it had a blowout and blew the pipe out of the hole.
I have been told the oil in the Middle East still flows out of the ground with out pumping, not sure if this is true. I have seen pictures of pipes 6 ft. across coming up out of the sand and flowing oil, no pumping. Something has to be pressurizing it.
The deeper we go to access oil, the greater the pressures.