Op-eds and Columns

Denver Business Journal: Strengthen Colorado's air quality, preserve the economy

While Colorado has made huge strides in recent years to maintain a strong economy and strong environmental protections, air quality remains a challenge across the Front Range. From Fort Collins to Highlands Ranch, we still fail to meet national clean air standards.

Clean air is a nonnegotiable for Coloradans. Without it, we cannot enjoy our beautiful blue skies and our quality of life is degraded.

At current levels, the ozone (smog) in the Front Range poses a significant health risk to children and seniors – especially those with asthma or other respiratory problems. In Colorado, more than 30,000 childhood asthma attacks are attributable to our current ozone levels.

Santa Fe New Mexican: Control of fugitive methane essential to health

I am a resident of Aztec, N.M. My family homesteaded here in the early 1900s — we’ve been farmers, ranchers and oil and gas workers. We are well-acquainted with the numerous gas wells in our city’s limits. Twenty-five of them are within a mile radius of my house. Twelve of those wells have directly impacted me, my family and hundreds of our close neighbors for decades. It is hard to understand how the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Land Management can justify staying their methane rules.

My family and I “exist” under the Four Corners methane hot spot, which research has found to be mainly emitted from the 40,000 oil and gas wells and facilities in our area. The high level of ground-level ozone smog is extremely hazardous to our health. According to the state Department of Health, our children and the elderly have high incidences of asthma, respiratory disease, cancer and cardiac disease.

My daughter has serious asthma. She fights for every breath when she has an asthma attack. My first husband worked in the natural gas industry for over 20 years. He died of a massive heart attack at the age of 44 in 1989. Many of the men who worked with him have died from lung disease and cancer. Perhaps they are “collateral damage” victims of the fossil fuel industry.

Huffington Post: For The Health Of Latino Families, The EPA Methane Rule Must Stay In Place

Public comments for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed two-year suspension of the Methane Rule are closing today—and the Agency may move ahead in suspending the rule in the coming weeks. If you haven’t been following this issue closely, allow me to catch you up.

From day one, the Trump Administration has worked to roll back or altogether block a number of rules and laws intended to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and to protect the planet we live on for generations to come. Unfortunately, while EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment, the agency’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt, is building a record of prioritizing corporate polluters over American lives. Do not just take my word for it: When Administrator Pruitt proposed this delay, EPA career staff raised concerns acknowledging such a delay would hurt children’s health.

Arizona Republic: Keeping methane regulations is a win for our health, security

Smart business leaders know that wasting resources is bad for your bottom line and the American
economy as a whole.

That is why we were so pleased when in mid-May, the U.S. Senate — including Arizona’s Sen. John McCain — stood up for good public policy and new American businesses by voting against a bill that would have rolled back the Bureau of Land Management’s
Methane Waste Rule.

The measure, which failed 51-49, would have led to the continued waste of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer-owned energy resources.

Denver Post: Federal methane guidelines modeled on Colorado’s rule, also necessary

"And even though it’s still relatively new, positive results are already obvious. A survey of oil and gas operators in the state earlier this year, conducted by the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions, showed that Colorado’s rule has improved air quality and promoted worker safety. Also, many in industry are profiting because, instead of releasing natural gas into the atmosphere, it is being used to heat homes and power buildings."

Economist: Natural-Gas’s-Reputation As A Cleaner Fuel Than Coal And Oil Risks Being Sullied By-Methane Emissions

"Oil and gas producers acknowledge it is in their interest to curb leaks; it gives them more natural gas to sell. They say they are stepping up monitoring efforts, and have increased the use of “green completions” at shale wells to capture methane emitted at the end of the fracking process, rather than flaring it at the well head."

Hill:Capturing methane: turning environmental costs into revenues

For companies motivated to be proactive, we recommend focusing on fixing the leaks from the wells that leak the most methane.  We would also strive for early compliance, that is comply with the rules at a faster pace than required by the new rules.  By capturing the methane revenue earlier in time the economic return from compliance will increase along with corporate social responsibility – both of which can attract investors.

Boulder Daily Camera-Cracking down on oil and gas and investing in renewables

NMPolitics.net: Land commissioner should back measures to end natural gas waste

Wasting our natural resources goes against what we teach our kids. Hunters and anglers use all of what we kill or catch, and we feel the same about our natural resources – including taxpayer-owned natural gas resources on our public lands.


Albuquerque Journal: Cut natural gas waste to aid our state

As a former State Land Commissioner, I understand how important maximizing natural resource revenue is to New Mexico’s schools. New Mexico’s state lands are managed by the commissioner as a public trust to support our public school system. That’s why I can’t understand why the current commissioner, Aubrey Dunn, is opposing efforts to reduce natural gas waste in New Mexico – efforts that will generate more money for our schools when they need it most. The facts simply do not support Dunn’s opposition to sensible waste reduction rules from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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