Methane proposal draws fire from environmental groups

New Mexico

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants the state to craft its own rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas development as federal regulations remain stalled by legal challenges.

The industry says it has a roadmap that will help, but environmentalists argue the proposals aren’t enough.

The battle lines are being drawn as regulators prepare for what could be a rancorous process in a state where government coffers ebb and flow with the pace of drilling and market prices.

The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association released its plan for reducing emissions Monday, saying its members are willing to work with government to strike a balance that will result in reduced pollution while not compromising the industry’s growth.

Some other states already have adopted their own methane rules.

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