Prevention of natural gas bans taken up by New Mexico legislature


New Mexico legislators are leaning toward adopting a bill similar to what Oklahoma did a few years ago—the prevention of local governments from creating natural gas bans.

A bill to stop such action by local governments to restrict the types of fuels provided to residents won recent approval in a New Mexico House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee according to the New Mexico Political Report.

Sponsors called it a “consumer protection bill” which would prevent local governments from interfering with residential access to the fuel source. Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque expressed concern for rural New Mexico residents who rely on gas stoves. He said any ban by local governments would force those residents to buy new appliances.

The New Mexico Political Report also said the state Senate passed a bill to require new homes to be constructed in a manner that solar panels could be installed. The measure was sent to the House.