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Roundhouse to look at dealing with methane buildup in Four Corners

Kai Porter
March 06, 2017 08:56 PM

The Republican-controlled Congress is starting to roll back regulations on methane emissions.

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The regulations were approved by President Obama last November and require oil and gas operators to limit methane emissions.

The House Democrats in Santa Fe are taking a stand against rolling back those regulations.

The lawmakers say that if methane regulations are lifted it will harm public heath and kill jobs in our state. Instead, they say coming up with a way to capture the gas could help the budget crisis.

A news conference was held Monday where a satellite photo showed the buildup of methane in the Four Corners area, and lawmakers said they were eager to work with the oil and gas companies to capture the methane to be sold.

"New Mexico, if this rule is repealed entirely we don't have anything to fall back on because there's no state rule that would deal with this critical issue. So the environment loses, the state budget loses and private businesses lose," said Brian Egolf, Speaker of the House.               
 
Several bills are being considered that could help the state address the methane problem and raise revenue.

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