New Mexico leaders plan to fight EPA’s methane rules rollback


The governor of New Mexico and her Environment Department Secretary are voicing opposition to the intention of the EPA to roll back regulations covering methane and other emissions from the oil and gas industry.

In an announcement late last week, the EPA proposed removal of the regulations covering methane and volatile organic compounds from transmission and storage sources and processing and production operations. The EPA said the proposed rule changes will “save the industry millions of dollars in compliance costs each year while maintaining health and environmental regulations on oil and gas sources that the agency considers appropriate.”

But those proposed changes are being opposed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grishman and her Environmental Department Secretary James Kenney.

Kenney argues the rule “preempts state law while imposing significant burdens upon state environmental agencies.”

“The proposed revisions will significantly degrade air quality and adversely impact public health throughout the U.S., including the State of New Mexico,” Kenney said.

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