ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some of the biggest names in energy production in New Mexico have signed on to a national effort within the oil and gas industry to curb methane emissions as pressure mounts for states to enact more pollution laws.
The move comes as the U.S. Interior Department announced it would delay an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from production on federal lands.
Industry officials in New Mexico say BP America, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy and others see the effort to reduce emissions as a priority and that work already underway has led to reductions in methane levels, such as using new technology to monitor for leaks.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, suggested this week that requiring regular inspections through new regulations would help.