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New Mexico governor opposes Trump proposal on methane rules

October 26, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration is going on record against federal proposals to revoke Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from many oil facilities.

The state Environment Department said Friday it submitted formal comments Thursday opposing the proposal that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in August would remove unnecessary and duplicative burdens from the oil and gas industry.

Lujan Grisham called the Trump administration’s proposal unconscionable and part of an “ongoing assault on the environment.”

The governor said New Mexico and other states “will lead the transition to a renewable energy economy and take aggressive steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions.