In 2014, NASA spotted a methane cloud over the San Juan Valley so large you can see it from outer space. That hot spot retains the title of highest concentration of methane gas found anywhere in the United States. In 2015, consulting firm ICF International ranked New Mexico as No. 1 in methane waste and calculated the cost of our waste at $27 million. The 570,000 tons of methane lost through leaking, venting and flaring each year are enough to heat every home in our state.
Commentary: Today, Moms Clean Air Force released a new report: “Face to Face with Oil and Gas: Voices from the Front Lines of Oil and Gas Pollution”. The report highlights the scope and diversity of the public health impacts that oil and gas pollution have on the well-being of families across the country, in both urban and rural areas, living near and far from oil and gas operations. It is unconscionable that our federal government wants to weaken or revoke safeguards that protect our children from this industrial pollution.