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New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission finalizes rules

New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission finalizes rules

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission finalized a new rule proposed by the state’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department to limit venting and flaring of methane by the oil and gas industry. The OCC rule marks an important step forward in reducing methane waste, a significant climate pollutant, and holding the oil and gas industry accountable for the tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases it is currently emitting in New Mexico.

Greater Chaco Coalition Responds to DOI Virtual Forum on Federal Oil and Gas Leasing 

Greater Chaco Coalition Responds to DOI Virtual Forum on Federal Oil and Gas Leasing 

In response to The Department of the Interior virtual public forum the Greater Chaco Coalition, a collaborative effort between over 200 Indigenous community leaders and groups, environmental justice advocates, and environmental groups representing thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans issued a public statement that the oil and gas leasing program must be fundamentally reformed.

New Mexicans Criticize the Trump Administration’s Reversal of EPA Oil and Gas Pollution Protections 

New Mexicans Criticize the Trump Administration’s Reversal of EPA Oil and Gas Pollution Protections 

On August 14, the US EPA finalized its proposals to eliminate methane protections from the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards. This rollback undermines EPA’s own mission by threatening public health, and disproportionately hurts Black and Brown communities who are already exposed to air pollution from oil and gas development at much higher rates – the same communities that are already suffering the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ruling reinstates Obama administration’s BLM Waste Prevention Rule

Ruling reinstates Obama administration’s BLM Waste Prevention Rule

On July 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California invalidated the Trump Administration’s rollback of the Obama-era Waste Prevention Rule. This ruling means that the Waste Prevention Rule goes back in effect in 90 days, and the oil and gas industry will have to comply with the Rule’s requirements to prevent waste of gas on federal lands.

Court challenge: Feds cut out public on 40,802-acre NM oil and gas leases

Court challenge: Feds cut out public on 40,802-acre NM oil and gas leases

Moving to protect the climate, public health, and to further environmental justice, a coalition filed suit to overturn the sale of leases on nearly 41,000 acres of public land in New Mexico for oil and gas drilling. The BLM did not allow a comment period on the lease sale’s draft environmental assessment, and held only a lightning-quick, 10-day protest period. In addition, the coalition charges that for this lease sale.