Community leaders across New Mexico Applaud The Oil Conservation Commission For adopting oil and gas enforcement rules

January 16, 2020
Santa Fe, NM – Community leaders across New Mexico applauded the Oil Conservation Commission today for acting to protect the state’s air and water resources from oil and gas pollution by adopting new enforcement rules under legislation adopted in the… More »

NMED signals reprioritization of oil & gas enforcement, recognition of community advocates as enforcement allies.

January 15, 2020
“The NMED enforcement letters shift the burden of proof from the public to operators who must now demonstrate their named operations are not illegally polluting or else face direct civil enforcement action. The notices suggest that New Mexico is putting the… More »

FACT CHECK: Power the Future full of hot air on methane pollution in NM

December 18, 2019 • Bruce Baizel
Power the Future, an industry mouthpiece, is trying to create a smokescreen for the oil and gas industry. If the smoke they’re blowing is methane pollution, the oil and gas industry has plenty of it. And that pollution is exactly… More »

Texas & New Mexico communities & experts urge COP25 to defuse Permian’s carbon bomb

December 4, 2019
Madrid, Dec 4 — Today at an official COP25 side event Texas and New Mexico residents — impacted by the extraction of Permian Basin oil & gas, and by planned infrastructure to transport, process and export it — informed delegates… More »

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For 1st time, MLG admin punishes Permian oil & gas operators for polluting air and climate

November 5, 2019
Santa Fe — Yesterday the New Mexico Environment Department issued the first violations for air pollution from oil and gas production in the Permian since Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took office. NMED issued formal notices of violation to Matador and Mewbourne for violating… More »

New Mexico Produced Water Meeting Testimony

November 5, 2019

Atmospheric dumping ground: studies spotlight flaring in the Permian Basin

August 22, 2019 • Nadia Steinzor
Oil and gas companies often claim they limit pollution by using “best practices.” But what happens when those practices actually make things worse? Such is the case with flaring natural gas, which operators and regulators claim is necessary to avoid… More »

Community members weigh in on NM methane rules

August 7, 2019 • Earthworks
Carlsbad, NM — Today, the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department held a public meeting in Carlsbad, NM to hear from impacted residents about air pollution from oil and gas operations near… More »