New Mexico Methane Limits Come as States ‘Fend for Themselves’

Sept. 2, 2020, 10:00 AM

Air quality and climate change concerns are anchoring a push in New Mexico to restrict oil and gas emissions, as the Environmental Protection Agency rolls back methane regulations.

The potential changes come as oil and gas companies face low prices and low demand due in part to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, some environmentalists say the proposals don’t go far enough to protect the environment, while the industry is calling for flexibility.

The EPA in August announced it would abandon curbs on methane leaks from oil and gas wells. The effort represented the Trump administration’s final blow to the ...

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