New Mexico oil and gas emission rules could imperil small companies

Smaller oil and gas operators could be unfairly burdened by the State of New Mexico’s recently released draft regulations on air pollution emissions from extraction operations.

New Mexico’s proposed ozone regulations for oil and gas operators were met with mixed reactions from industry advocates concerned the rules could threaten the viability of some energy companies and environmentalists arguing the State must take stronger action to curb air pollution.

The New Mexico Environment Department released its final draft of the rules last week, the result of more than a year of stakeholder meetings intended to curb greenhouse gasses in New Mexico from extraction operations.

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The proposal was filed with the State’s Environmental Improvement Board which will hold a public hearing – likely this fall – for further discussion and a possible vote with the rules taking effect next spring.