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Report: NMED ignored more than half of formal public complaints about oil & gas air pollution

September 16, 2020
Sept 16 — A three-year investigation shows that the New Mexico Environmental Department ignored 60 of the 108 regulatory complaints about oil and gas air pollution filed by Earthworks. The product of a three year investigation of NMED’s regulatory capacity and… More »
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New Mexico Loud and Clear: What public regulatory complaints reveal about New Mexico’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves

September 16, 2020
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Comments on NM Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept. Draft Regulations on Oil and Gas Venting and Flaring

September 15, 2020
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Comments on NM Environment Dept. Draft Regulations to Reduce Emissions From Oil & Gas

September 15, 2020

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On the 5th Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill, Congress Must Renew Mining Law Reform Efforts

August 5, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
The house I lived in for nearly two decades is a mile from the Kansas River, which unevenly bisects my hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve walked over the bridge and down the levee more times than I can count; I… More »
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New Mexico must put health, climate above polluters with proposed methane and air pollution rules

July 21, 2020
Background: The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) released draft rules that would address air pollution from oil and gas operations. The announcement kicks-off a 30 day comment period. Statement of Earthworks Energy… More »
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NMED $5M fine welcome step toward protecting public, more steps needed

July 8, 2020
Background: The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) on Tuesday announced the assessment of a $5.3M fine for air pollution violations to oil and gas operator DCP and demanded “immediate compliance with air permit emission limits and operational requirements.” The violations… More »
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The Permian Climate Bomb

May 13, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
Oil and gas production in the Permian Basin remains a major global warming threat even as the number of rigs and wells, and volume of production, dip. Read this blog on Earth Island Journal The shale bubble is bursting. The… More »
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Flaring is Flamingly Stupid. Unlit Flares are Worse.

May 4, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
Last week EDF released a new aspect to its astounding Permian methane map (go visit it!) addressing unlit and malfunctioning flares. This is important because, as bad as flares are, unlit flares are worse. Flares are permitted by regulators to… More »
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Increased unlit flaring means Rystad’s oil & gas ‘silver lining’ might be illusory

April 6, 2020
Background: Today Rystad Energy announced “flaring levels in the Permian Basin have fallen sharply and will continue to decline throughout the year”. Earthworks’ certified field thermographers have made hundreds of Permian field inspections with optical gas imaging cameras since 2016 and discovered… More »
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Earthworks Comments on the New Mexico Methane Advisory Panel draft technical report

February 20, 2020
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »