Permian Basin activists call for EPA to cut oil and gas emissions

Front-line communities in the Permian Basin could be disproportionately impacted by air pollution from oil and gas, argued residents from areas known for heavy extraction.  

Activists from Carlsbad and other oil and gas regions in New Mexico presented their case for stronger federal regulations on methane emissions from fossil fuel production during recent public hearings held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA held three days of listening sessions June 15 to 17, soliciting feedback from environmental groups and industry leaders as it prepares new rules aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

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Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and a key component of extracted natural gas and crude oil.