Rio Grande Valley Broadband • Entered by Linda Starr on December 31, 2020

NMED & NM EMNRD Public meeting

August 6, 2020 – August 6, 2020

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 0.25
Post Admin hours
Activity Hours 1
Participants 2
Total Hours 2.25

Key Issue: Oil, Gas, or Mineral Development
Activity Type: Advocacy (rallies, lobbying, meeting decision makers, letters/calls/emails)
Key Partners: Las Cruces Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Economic Development of Lea County; Interfaith Power and Light, CAVU

Short Description of Activity

New Mexico Environment Department and the NM Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Division had a public meeting to obtain comments on their Draft Rules on Methane, Venting, Flaring

Reflection/Evaluation

The results includes that the rules are ineffective, that there is nothing done to secure climate justice or environmental justice; the rules lead to a suicidal course. There is a need for extremely strong state rules and no leak protection of limit on venting & flaring. The results are way too much pollution and inhibiting of recreational experiences. The OCD Rule needs to have numerous changes to make sure gas capture requirements are enforceable. This is a public healkth crisis for NM residents living within 1/2 mile of wells with low-weight births in San Juan County. There are too many generous exceptions given to producers and regulations are not effective. NMED must do better.

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