New Mexico oil and gas regulators close in on stricter emissions rules

A two-year process to develop stricter state regulations on oil and gas emissions of methane and other natural gasses, New Mexico could conclude the rulemaking last month as state regulators will codify the new rules into law.

The State’s Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) finished its two days of deliberation on the rules on Feb. 12 and is expected to vote on the final rule changes at its March 25 meeting.

The rules proposed by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department would require midstream and upstream oil and gas operators to capture 98 percent of natural gas emissions by 2026, while adding requirements that operators report natural gas losses to the state at every level of operations.

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