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New Mexicans testify to EPA for stronger air pollution controls

Restricting methane emissions from oil and gas operators was necessary to tackle climate change, said New Mexico Senator Carrie Hamblin (D-38), arguing that the effects of this pollution from fossil fuel development affected “disproportionately” minorities and communities of color in New Mexico. . .

Her comments came during a three-day public hearing on proposed US Environmental Protection Agency methane regulations that would expand federal restrictions not only on new oil and gas facilities but existing sources of emissions within the industry.

The Environmental Protection Agency put forward its proposal last month in response to an executive order issued by President Joe Biden in January that required federal agencies to reassess and review policy with the goal of reducing the climate impact on the United States.

more:Oil and gas bring $5.3 billion to New Mexico, industry warns of ‘hostile’ policy

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