Oil and gas fighting back as feds, New Mexico up pollution oversight

Oil and gas companies struggled to adhere to New Mexico’s and the federal government’s recent restrictions on methane emissions, said industry supporters concerned the new rules could stymie energy production and the economic benefit it brings to the state.

An about $3.5 billion infusion of “new money” was recently reported by the state’s Legislative Finance Committee, largely credited to growing oil and gas production in the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico.

Grant Swartzwelder with OTA Environmental Solutions said during a meeting with oil companies and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico (IPANM) that recent regulations could be difficult for operators to navigate as they produce oil and gas but also remain compliant with state and federal laws.

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