New Mexico (Crack) – The state is holding a public hearing on possible changes in the oil and gas industry. The regulations are designed to reduce ozone depletion, but some argue that they go too far. The New Mexico Environment Department is focusing on new regulations in northeast and southeastern New Mexico. Since oil and natural gas are emitted from the earth, it is an effort to increase pollution.
This will require oil and gas producers to self-monitor ozone levels and add new equipment to limit the amount of pollutants they emit. Speaking at a hearing Tuesday at the New Mexico Center for Environmental Law, Charles de Ceylan said many agencies involved supported the proposed legislation.
“I would like to express our support for the agreement reached between Oxygen USA, EDD, Pure Air and some other organizations. We appreciate that these parties have reached an agreement on these issues. We urge the Department of the Environment to support this agreement and urge the Board to adopt the terms of this agreement, ”said De Ceylan.
Monitoring includes how to control the frequency and maintenance of leaks in wells nationwide. Oil and gas companies in the region now support fresh air, but are worried because some laws will have a negative impact on the state’s economy.
“Our concern about neutral products could have a disproportionate impact on our small producers as planned,” said Jim Winchester, an IPANM partner.
There are 14 air traffic control stations in New Mexico. Environmentalists say there is only one in each of the Eddie and Lee districts and more monitoring is needed. In a bipartisan letter from the Legislative Finance Committee, the estimates suggest that state and local governments could spend up to $ 730 million. Hear that the study using LCF was flawed.
But lawmakers are worried because the state budget is dependent on oil and gas production.
“If it’s too strong and too punitive, it will drive people out of business or lose investment to the state,” said Alan County CEO Alan Davis.
The Environmental Protection Board will not vote on the regulation until all parties have submitted subsequent court reports. Once the final rule is approved, it will take effect once in 2022.