ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 50 New Mexico faith leaders sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking the government not to change methane monitoring requirements for the oil and gas industry.
Monday was the last day to comment on the proposed changes, which would reduce or remove methane regulations on oil and gas production, transport pipelines and storage facilities.
Leaders who signed the letter represent Catholic, Episcopal, Bahá’í, Mennonite, Jewish, Disciples of Christ, Unitarian, Presbyterian, Methodist, Buddhist, Islam and other faiths in the state.
“As faith leaders working with the community, we can see how these harmful emissions affect our brothers and sisters,” said Sister Joan Brown, executive director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, and a Catholic Franciscan sister. “Our community members often complain of headaches from being in such close proximity to the venting equipment. We feel like our voices have been dismissed.”