June 25, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sharon Kayne, Communications Director, NM Voices for Children, 505-361-1288 (direct)
OR: Marie-Pier Frigon, Communications Assistant, 505-361-1288 (direct)
New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez issued the following statement regarding today’s release of the report “New Mexico’s Boom that Cost Billions: How Federal Oil and Gas Policies Fail Taxpayers” by Taxpayers for Common Sense:
“While New Mexico is used to being at the bottom of the nation in many indicators, here’s one where we’re at the top: we’ve had the most natural gas wasted from oil and gas production on federal land. This report shows that 87 billion cubic feet of natural gas was wasted in New Mexico between 2008 and 2017. This senseless waste of resources, coupled with outdated rental rates and below-market royalty rates, have left taxpayers holding the bag.
“The waste of gas through venting and flaring cheats New Mexico children out of millions of dollars of lost revenue and allows needless emissions of methane, a significant contributor to health problems and climate change.
“The oil and natural gas industries are important to New Mexico and the revenue they raise helps support our schools. Increasing the royalty rate on federal lands to match the current rate New Mexico charges on state lands would have generated $2.5 billion in revenue improving everyone’s bottom line. Increasing the rates going forward is just plain common sense.
“With the recent judgement in the education lawsuit, New Mexico is going to need to invest significantly more money into our classrooms to ensure that students have the resources they need. There is no reason to allow this waste to continue.”
The report is available online here
New Mexico Voices for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating for policies to improve the health and well-being of New Mexico’s children, families and communities. 625 Silver Ave. SW, Suite 195, Albuquerque, NM 87102; 505-244-9505 (p); www.nmvoices.org