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A federal court struck down an Obama-era regulation targeting methane leaks from drilling on public lands, arguing that it went beyond the scope of the Bureau of Land Management, which promulgated the rule. Critics of the new rule call it a de facto ban on new drilling and completions that will affect large portions of the state’s undeveloped oil and gas properties. President Trump expanded a ban on exploratory drilling off the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia, his latest extension of an existing offshore drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. A state commission has approved a rule that will require companies to monitor emissions from oil and gas sites earlier and more frequently than is currently done as Colorado officials implement a law overhauling how the industry is regulated. Two of Europe’s biggest oil companies urged Texas regulators to end the routine flaring of natural gas, joining with large investors who want greater oversight of the harmful environmental practice. In a session to review proposed rule changes on setbacks, four of the five Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s members voiced support for extended setbacks. The state of New Mexico finalized changes to its produced-water regulations on the oil and gas industry after months of adjustments and debate between state regulators, environmentalists, and oil and gas industry leaders. On 13 August 2020, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced two final rules related to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas industry.
Democratic candidate for governor Michelle Lujan Grisham sits down for a meal at Barelas Coffee House on midterm elections day in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on 6 November 2018. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on 28 january ordered state officials to develop regulations to reduce methane emissions from its oil and gas industry and separately rollback statewide greenhouse gas output over the next decade. The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department and Environment Department were directed to enact methane emission reduction “rules as soon as practicable,” the executive order said. Lujan Grisham, a recently elected Democrat, campaigned on the promise of tightening environmental guidelines for the southwestern state’s fossil fuels sector. As home to part of the booming Permian Basin oil hub, New Mexico has doubled its oil output in recent years to become one of the top crude-producing states.
Democratic candidate for governor Michelle Lujan Grisham sits down for a meal at Barelas Coffee House on midterm elections day in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on 6 November 2018. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on 28 january ordered state officials to develop regulations to reduce methane emissions from its oil and gas industry and separately rollback statewide greenhouse gas output over the next decade.
New Mexico has proposed rules that would require its oil and gas industry to capture at least 98% of its emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane by 2026, a standard it said would be among the strongest in the nation. New Mexico state regulators vowed to keep the oil and gas industry in check during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent market collapse, as some groups worried that shut-in wells and other cost-saving measures could lead to operators flouting environmental regulations. New Mexico released data on excess greenhouse emissions from oil and gas operations to keep the public informed of the problem, as the state continues to develop stricter policies to regulate air pollution from the industry and other sources. The Permian Boom Collides With a Governor's Climate-Change Push New Mexico’s Lujan Grisham pushes an ambitious pro-environment agenda for an industry whose receipts dominate the state budget. Crude oil output has more than doubled in New Mexico over the last 4 years, making it the No. 3 producer among US states, but a January change in state leadership to Democratic control has industry executives fearing tougher regulations are coming.
The Permian Boom Collides With a Governor's Climate-Change Push Methane gas is flared just off US Route 285 near Carlsbad, New Mexico, on 6 August. Diana Cerny has an oil boom to thank for the packed tables at her restaurant in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Gushing shale production has brought boot-clad workers from all over the world to this Permian Basin city less than an hour north of the Texas border. White F-150s filled the parking lot of the Pecos River Cafe on a recent morning after a light rain lifted the smell of concrete cooked by days of triple-digit heat. Like a broad swath of West Texas, this sage-covered corner of New Mexico sits atop America's fastest-growing oil field.