New Mexico governor praises oil industry for opportunities

New Mexico

FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2015, file photo, pump jacks and wind turbines are visible inside of a cotton field near Lamesa, Texas. A California-based renewable energy developer plans to increase by seven-fold its investments as it prepares to build more wind farms in the heart of New Mexico over the next several years. An analysis commissioned by Pattern Development shows a $1.2 billion economic impact from its wind farms in eastern New Mexico and West Texas, surpassing initial projections. (Edyta Blaszczyk/Odessa American via AP, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is highlighting the oil industry’s role in underwriting public education and soliciting its help in developing new state regulations for methane emissions.

The first-year Democratic governor told an audience at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association that her Cabinet secretaries for environmental and oilfield regulation are there to work for people in the energy sector.

Lujan Grisham outlined an all-of-the-above energy strategy and said her proposal for tuition-free public college is made possible by a booming oil sector.

New Mexico state government is increasingly reliant on surging income from the oil and natural gas sectors amid record-setting petroleum production in the Permian Basin that overlaps the southeast of the state and West Texas.

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