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New Mexico launches interactive map of methane emissions

March 28, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have launched an online interactive map based on methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry.

Environment Secretary James Kenney says the map will help in understanding the effects of oil and gas development on air quality. He also says it will show which producers are going above and beyond to reduce emissions and which are falling behind.

The map depicts thousands of oil and gas facilities regulated by Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about one-third of methane emissions can be linked to oil and gas while other sources include livestock, landfills, wastewater treatment plants and natural wetlands.

The oil and gas industry says technological advancements are helping to curb emissions, even while production in the Permian and San Juan basins reach record levels.

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