Oil, gas industry ready to partner on methane rules

Jun 10, 2019 5:24 PM

Ryan Flynn | Albuquerque Journal | June 8, 2019 

NMOGA_Flynn_Quote.pngAs our state and Gov. (Michelle) Lujan Grisham’s administration begin a process to assess how to manage methane emissions, New Mexico’s oil and natural gas industry is a willing partner.

Each day, thousands of New Mexicans go to work in the oil and natural gas industry. Together these men and women drive New Mexico’s economy, working tirelessly to ensure New Mexico safely produces the energy we need to power our daily lives. Their hard work has provided New Mexico with a billion-dollar budget surplus, and more funds to support our public schools and roadways.

While all who work in the oil and gas industry take pride in what we contribute to New Mexico’s economy and public schools, there is nothing we value more than safeguarding the people and places we care about the most. That means working continuously to protect the environment and reduce and control methane emissions. It’s a responsibility we take personally.

As the leader of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, a 90-year-old organization with nearly 1,000 members representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, I want to make our position on this issue clear: We have a responsibility to reduce our methane emissions; we are in fact reducing methane emissions through responsible operations; and we will continue investing in advanced technology and innovation to achieve even greater reductions in methane emissions.