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Oil-Dependent New Mexico Seeks Methane Rules That Aren’t a Pain

Aug. 26, 2019, 1:49 PM

Diana Cerny has an oil boom to thank for the packed tables at her restaurant in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Methane gas is flared just off U.S. Route 285 near Carlsbad, New Mexico, on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Photographer: Steven St. John/Bloomberg

Gushing shale production has brought boot-clad workers from all over the world to this Permian Basin city less than an hour north of the Texas border. White F-150s filled the parking lot of the Pecos River Cafe on a recent morning after a light rain lifted the smell of concrete cooked by days of triple-digit heat.

Like a broad swath of West Texas, this sage-covered corner of New Mexico sits atop America’s fastest-growing oilfield. On the Texas side, oil and ...

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