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Carlsbad group to study oil and gas impacts on local communities

A local environmental group in Carlsbad sought to complete a health impact assessment (HIA) on oil and gas in southeast New Mexico, where they were concerned growth in fossil fuel extraction led to increases in air pollutants to the detriment of public health.

Citizens Caring for the Future hosted a virtual meeting in April seeking input from national groups and those from northwest New Mexico’s San Juan Basin region where heavy gas extraction was credited with one of the world’s largest methane clouds above the Four Corners area.

The potential HIA would involve air monitoring in the Carlsbad area along with health and cultural surveys as to how oil and has affected local residents.

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