Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: Strong rules on methane will help New Mexico

When newly elected Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham set out on the campaign trail, one of her promises to the citizens of New Mexico was to begin to hold the oil and gas industry across the state accountable for its contributions to air pollution and climate change. Less than a month into her administration and the governor has followed through on this ambitious campaign promise.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: State needs sensible methane rules

There’s a lot on the table as New Mexico moves into a new legislative session under the helm of our new governor, including several issues related to oil and gas. State leaders will be looking at ways to address climate change and the impacts on our state as well as reducing air pollution and waste of taxpayer resources through the venting and flaring of methane.

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Santa Fe New Mexican Op-ed: Thanks to governor for battling climate change

In an exciting stroke of the pen, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico will join the U.S. Climate Alliance, adding New Mexico to the growing list of states pledging to embrace the necessary and ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement (“On climate, Lujan Grisham starts to deliver,” Our View, Jan. 31). Surrounded by environmental advocates, young people from the Santa Fe-based Global Warming Express, and heads of state agencies, we were honored to stand near the governor as she specifically named methane capture as a focal point in the state’s effort to combat climate change.

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Christian Post Op-ed: Limiting pollution is an evangelical value

Evangelicals are famous (perhaps even infamous) for our passionate convictions. Our commitment to the authority of scripture, our defense of the sanctity of life, and our eagerness to share the good news of the gospel are all well-known.

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Las Vegas Sun Op-ed: Excess methane represents a real danger to Nevadans

Our government has a moral obligation to listen to voters and make decisions that protect the health of our communities. And when our government changes rules, it should have the interest of its taxpayers and citizens at heart.

CNN Op-ed: EPA nominee Andrew Wheeler is even worse than Scott Pruitt

When Scott Pruitt stepped down as the Environmental Protection Agency administrator and his deputy Andrew Wheeler took over as acting administrator, many of us in the science advocacy community thought that it couldn’t get worse. We hoped that Wheeler would listen to his agency’s scientists and alter Pruitt’s misguided policies of eliminating science-based policies and rolling back lifesaving climate and public health protections.

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Observer-Reporter Op-ed: Why is EPA trying to roll back methane standards?

The oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania produces the second most natural gas in the nation, behind only Texas. Yet, an estimate earlier this year by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found that we’re wasting more than 520,000 tons of methane a year – about $68 million worth of wasted energy resources – mostly due to old, outdated equipment. More concerning is that the group found that figure is far higher than what the industry reports to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Forbes Op-Ed: Investors Call On BP, Exxon, Shell And More To Defend EPA Methane Regulations

Last week, investors representing $1.9 trillion assets under management called on 30 oil and gas companies, urging them to publicly oppose the EPA’s proposed weakening of its methane rules. This letter is signed by investors including CalSTRS, the New York City Comptroller’s Office, and Robeco, all of which have joined together to say no to these regulatory rollbacks.

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Albuquerque Journal: Time to regulate methane without killing oil and gas

When it comes to methane, New Mexico is both first and last.

We have the highest concentration of atmospheric methane in the nation — a “hotspot” the size of Delaware over the San Juan Basin, as shown by NASA imagery. And we have the least amount of regulation controlling methane emissions, according to a new study from The Wilderness Society and Taxpayers for Common Sense.

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Pueblo Chieftain Op-ed: Methane Rules Needed To Protect Colorado’s Children

There’s a certain irony in Colorado hosting the one and only public hearing of the President Donald Trump administration’s proposed re-write of the 2016 Environmental Protection Agency methane rule. Colorado was the first to implement state-level methane regulations on oil and gas production in 2014, a mark not only of Colorado values, but the necessity of protecting the health, safety and taxpayer resources associated with being the sixth-largest oil- and gas-producing state.

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