As a mother living in New Mexico, I worry about the air my kids breathe and the environment they will inherit. New Mexico is currently facing record temperatures, wildfires and drought.
Despite these clear indicators of climate change, the Trump administration is recklessly weakening key parts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.
Methane and associated pollution from the oil and gas industry can cause respiratory diseases, asthma attacks and cancer. Weakening these standards is a blatant attack on the health of children living, learning, and playing near these facilities. In New Mexico, there are over 32,000 children attending schools within a half mile of oil and gas wells, compressors and processors who are being exposed to the potential health impacts of these facilities.
Sadly, New Mexico is also home to the nation’s most concentrated methane pollution “hot spot” hovering above northwest New Mexico’s San Juan Basin. With this and the rapidly expanding drilling in Southeast New Mexico’s Permian Basin, these standards are sorely needed.