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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 »
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Live in the Permian Basin

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 »
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Request for Public Hearings on Proposed December 2018 Oil and Gas Lease Sale

August 22, 2018 • Earthworks et al
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San Juan County, New Mexico

Mike Eisenfeld San Juan County, New Mexico Mike is a 22-year resident of Farmington, NM who, along with his family and community, is experiencing the health impacts caused by air pollution from the oil and gas industry. Mike’s is just… More »
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Earthworks hires new CO/NM oil & gas field advocate

January 31, 2018 • Earthworks
Leadville, CO — Today, Earthworks announced the hire of Nathalie Eddy as the Oil & Gas Field Advocate for Colorado and New Mexico. The new position is part of Earthworks’ expanded Community Empowerment Project (CEP) to reduce the air, health, and climate impacts… More »
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Make Transition From Coal a Priority at the San Juan Coal Mine and in the Four Corners Region

June 21, 2017 • Earthworks et. al.
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Thank you letter to NM delegation re: BLM methane rule

May 26, 2017 • Earthworks et. al.
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Yet another study confirms methane pollution

August 24, 2016 • Pete Dronkers

Last week, NASA released a follow-up study on its 2014 report that exposed a huge methane hotspot looming over the Four Corners. In the original report, NASA did not know what was causing this highly unusual density of methane pollution. The agency’s latest report drilled deeper to find the source of the pollution: the oil and gas industry.

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The burning problem of hazardous waste

July 28, 2016 • Nadia Steinzor

Whatever the cause and however extensive, a fire’s sheer destructive power always captures attention. The recent explosion and fire at a New Mexico oil field quickly grabbed headlines with images of roiling flames, thick smoke, and stories of residents forced to evacuate. Concerns remain about air quality, the lack of any evacuation plan, and health as WPX Energy, owner of the site, let the fire burn itself out—releasing toxins into the air in the process.

It’s logical and not that unusual for a drilling site to catch fire; both oil and natural gas are highly combustible and flammable. Yet the photos from the New Mexico fire reveal that several tanks used to store waste were also burning intensely.