By Roz Brown, Public News Service – NM
May 16, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A bill to reduce the waste of natural gas from venting, flaring and leaks on public lands has been introduced in Congress with backing from lawmakers from New Mexico.

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, with the state’s ongoing drilling boom, upstream oil and gas operations now emit about five times more than what data from the Environmental Protection Agency suggests.

James Jimenez, executive director of the group New Mexico Voices for Children, says that level of pollution makes breathing harder for vulnerable communities, including children, the elderly and anyone who spends time outdoors.

He maintains the capture of methane waste would ensure the public gets long-term benefits.

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