Statement on the passage of HB76, Permit Denial for Poor Compliance, by Earthworks NM Field Advocate and certified thermographer Nathalie Eddy:
“Oil and gas pollution is harming residents’ health and New Mexico’s land, air and water, right now. Governor Lujan Grisham should quickly sign into law the authority for state agencies to protect New Mexicans from the worst of the worst polluters.
“Earthworks has documented rampant oil and gas pollution statewide, with some of the same problems persisting for long periods of time before the operator or regulators address them. Polluters who ignore the law and refuse to comply with permit requirements should not be allowed to conduct activities that harm health, the climate, and New Mexico’s unique environment.”
For more information:
- Earthworks’ blog “New Mexico leaders need to stop repeat pollution offenders.”
- Optical gas images of oil & gas pollution in NM, documented by Earthworks.
- Earthworks’ Report: New Mexico Loud and Clear: What public regulatory complaints reveal about New Mexico’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves