Group slams oil and gas in billboards across southeast New Mexico

A series of billboards erected throughout southeast New Mexico accused the oil and gas industry of threatening the health of frontline communities and damaging the environment.

Albuquerque-based non-profit Progress Now New Mexico paid for the message across billboards in Carlsbad, Artesia, Hobbs and Lovington – all towns in New Mexico’s oil-rich Permian Basin.

Lucas Herndon, energy and policy director at Progress Now said the intention was to draw attention to the impacts of oil and gas pollution on everyday life.

A billboard posted by Progress Now New Mexico about oil and gas concerns in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The billboards referenced outdoor recreation activities like fishing and playing baseball, alleging pollution resulting from oil and gas production could put such normal goings-on at risk.

Herndon said that not only does fossil fuel production threaten human health and the environment, but New Mexico’s dependence on extraction for more than a third of its budget left the state and local communities in oil and gas regions susceptible to the commodity-based industry’s boom-and-bust tendencies.