“The oil and gas industry is pouring billions into new drilling projects in New Mexico. These investments remain critical to our undiversified economy, and it makes action to curtail methane waste and pollution that much more critical to ensure that our state reaps the full benefit of this boom. We can do better. New Mexico is now a top tier oil and gas producing state. We deserve a first class oil and gas regulatory system to match. Unfortunately, Governor Martinez and her administration doesn’t seem to understand this. She is proposing new permit requirements for oil and gas wells that would be some of the weakest in the nation. Her proposal would do nothing to clean up the San Juan Basin methane hot spot that is a national embarrassment.
“This isn’t our first rodeo. New Mexicans know too well the oil and gas boom and bust cycle. We need strong, fair requirements across the board to make sure that New Mexicans, our air and our water are protected. Methane rules will create needed New Mexico jobs just like they have done in states like Colorado and Wyoming that have already stepped up to reduce oil and gas waste and pollution.”