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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 »
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New Mexico Produced Water Meeting Testimony

November 5, 2019
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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 »
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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 »

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New Mexico Permian Snapshot May 2019

June 25, 2019 • Earthworks
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Members of House Natural Resources Committee Inspect Oil and Gas Site

April 15, 2019 • Earthworks
Counselor, NM — Today, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Committee Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) used optical gas imaging to see normally… More »
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NM Oil Conservation Division enforcement authority bill gets Gov. signature

April 3, 2019 • Earthworks
“Congratulations to Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham for taking this action to protect New Mexico’s vital water resources. Restoring the Oil Conservation Division’s authority to enforce the law, and strengthening its resources, will protect New Mexican’s health, pocketbooks, air and water. “The… More »
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Commissioner Garcia Richard inspects Permian pollution

March 28, 2019 • Earthworks
Carlsbad, NM — This weekend, New Mexico State Land Office Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard used optical gas imaging to see normally invisible air pollution from oil and gas operations in New Mexico’s Permian Basin with environmental advocacy group Earthworks. “We have… More »
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New Mexico issues violations to Texas-based Hilcorp for operations in San Juan Basin

March 19, 2019
“Friday, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued a Notice of Violation to Hilcorp Energy Company for violations of the state’s Air Quality Control Act. NMED joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in investigating Hilcorp for these violations. New Mexico’s… More »
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It’s time for New Mexico to #RaiseTheRate

February 11, 2019 • Nathalie Eddy
New Mexico has the opportunity to reduce health and climate-harming pollution while increasing funding for our schools. The State Land Office is considering increasing the amount of money New Mexicans earn from oil and gas produced on state lands. Right… More »
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Gov. Lujan Grisham signs Executive Order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

January 30, 2019 • Earthworks
“For too long, the oil and gas industry has wasted taxpayer dollars by venting and flaring natural gas. Today, Gov. Lujan Grisham announced a new chapter in New Mexico’s history, one that puts health, climate and pocketbooks first. From the… More »
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New Report: New Mexicans Imperiled by Oil & Gas Penalty Loophole

January 23, 2019 • Earthworks
Albuquerque, NM — New analysis shows a dramatic drop in penalties for violations of New Mexico’s bedrock oil and gas law and an equally dramatic increase in spills following a 2009 New Mexico Supreme Court ruling. This case brought by the… More »
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New Mexico’s Moving Ahead

January 23, 2019
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The winds are changing in NM, just in time for this family’s health

January 10, 2019 • Molly Dunton
Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project has documented air pollution from hundreds of oil and gas operations nationwide. Some facilities are such persistent polluters that their story can only be told in detail. We first filmed the Enterprise Products South Carlsbad… More »
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Live from Southeastern New Mexico

About Sharon Wilson, Senior Organizer Sharon is a 5th generation Texan who joined Earthworks in 2010 after 12 years of working in the oil and gas industry where she witnessed first-hand the environmental and public health impacts associated with the… More »