New Mexico

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Are there standards that control methane emitted from existing oil and gas facilities (the facilities on the Threat Map)?

  • In New Mexico, no.
  • At the federal level, no. But the Environmental Protection Agency is conducting an Information Collection Request that could lead to standards.

Are there standards that control methane emitted from new or modified oil and gas facilities emitting this pollution?

What can I do to better protect my community?

Share the Oil & Gas Threat Map on Facebook and Twitter

The best way to make change is to make more people aware that there’s a problem that needs fixing.

Call your Senators!

Tell them that:

  • People living with oil and gas pollution now need help ASAP; and
  • We must protect our methane pollution standards and cut toxic air pollution from the 1.2 million existing oil and gas facilities around the United States.

For more information about efforts to protect the public, visit: methanefacts.org

Public Lands

New Mexico

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How many oil and gas wells on public lands are in New Mexico?

There are 30,758 active wells in New Mexico, spread over more than 4.6 million acres.

Who is affected by oil and gas pollution on public lands in New Mexico?

  • Nearly 50,000 people in San Juan County in northwestern New Mexico—40 percent of the population—are threatened by methane pollution.
  • This oil and gas pollution disproportionately affects minorities and disadvantaged populations. About 20 percent of the population of San Juan County is Hispanic and almost 40 percent Native American—and almost a quarter of the county lives below the poverty line.
  • This map shows how the large methane plume in the Four Corners region affects the air quality of those living in the 2,500 square miles of oil and gas wells on public lands. A recent study by NASA and others identified oil and gas infrastructure as the source of this plume.

How can we fix this?

Public Lands Threat Map on Facebook and Twitter

The best way to make change is to make more people aware that there’s a problem that needs fixing.

Call your Senators!

Tell them that:

  • People living with oil and gas pollution now need help ASAP; and
  • Protect the Department of the Interior’s methane rule to limit waste from all oil and gas facilities on our shared lands.

For more information about efforts to protect the public, visit: methanefacts.org

Infrared Videos DOCUMENT INVISIBLE POLLUTION.

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FLIR video Lybrook A03 Sandoval County, NM
FLIR video ConocoPhillips San Juan Gas Plant Bloomfield, NM
FLIR video Leaky Valve at BLM gas well on Devil's Spring Ranch, NM
FLIR video Gallo Canyon Unit, Sandoval County, NM

Communities SHARE THEIR STORY

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FLIR video Don Schreiber, San Juan County, NM
FLIR video Sam Sage, Sandoval County, NM
FLIR video Kendra Pinto, Sandoval County, NM
FLIR video Tweeti Blancett, San Juan County, NM