Using new field data and extensive research studies, scientists at EDF have estimated oil and gas methane emissions across New Mexico to be at least one million metric tons per year, surpassing all prior estimates for the state.
Unearthed: Exploring Oil and Gas Issues in New Mexico is a multimedia initiative designed to educate and engage the public in a productive conversation about climate change and energy production in New Mexico.
Energy production and distribution is contributing to massive amounts of uncontrolled leaking methane and carcinogenic gases.
Until very recently there were no limits on oil and gas methane pollution. So it’s no surprise that the oil and gas industry is the United States’ largest methane polluter.
The Map was created to make aware the public and decision-makers that this type of air pollution is a ubiquitous health threat that should be addressed with strong government standards.
The Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau operates a network of ambient air monitors that continually sample the air across New Mexico, except for Bernalillo County and tribal lands. Click here to go to the NMED Air Monitoring web site, where you can view photos of the sites, learn more about what pollutants we monitor and their potential health effects. You can select data for any of the sites, and customize a report or graph to meet your needs. There are also maps and links to other sources of air monitoring data and information.
Study shows twice the average emissions rate of 11 other major U.S. production regions; paper demonstrates potential for space-based data to drive down methane loss rates.