Public Lands

New Mexico Public Lands Map

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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.

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

Call the Bureau of Land Management at 844-896-8119!

Tell the Trump Administration that:

  • We need protect our children’s health by keeping important methane safeguards in place.
  • Air pollution from the oil and gas industry impacts over 12 million people in this country, including 3 million children.
  • Protections that require the industry to reduce methane pollution are cost effective and common sense.
  • Our health, as well as the our planet’s climate, deserves to be protected from dangerous air pollution.

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