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Faith Leaders Commend Administration on New Methane Waste Rules

Faith leaders across the Southwest are praising the administration's new rules limiting the burning, venting or leaking of methane gas. (Environmental Defense Fund)
Faith leaders across the Southwest are praising the administration's new rules limiting the burning, venting or leaking of methane gas. (Environmental Defense Fund)
November 30, 2016

SANTE FE, N.M. – More than two dozen faith leaders from New Mexico and across the Southwest released a letter today thanking President Obama and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for putting new controls on the release of natural gas at oil and gas well sites.

The Bureau of Land Management recently finalized a new set of rules to limit the venting, flaring and leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is the primary component of natural gas.

Joan Brown, a nun with the Order of Saint Francis and executive director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, said for people of faith, it is a moral responsibility to protect the environment.

"It involves the health of children and those most vulnerable, protecting the air from the pollution from oil and gas waste," she said.

The letter acknowledges the many months of public hearings and political heavy lifting it took to put in place regulations that require companies to find and fix leaks, limit burning or venting excess natural gas, and install methane-capture technology.

Brown noted that the natural gas saved can then be sold on the market, which benefits the company, the state and the public.

"For us in New Mexico, because we're in a budget crisis, it could mean more royalties for the state that would also help our children and go into the schools," she added.

Studies show that natural gas valued at about $330 million is wasted each year, nearly a third of that in New Mexico alone.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NM