Methane actions front and center at State Legislature

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Today at the Roundhouse, lawmakers, environmental experts, and a local ranchers held a press conference on the Obama-era methane rule and Gov. Susana Martinez’s efforts to roll back the rule in New Mexico.Watch the event from our Facebook Live feed:

Speakers included:

  • Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe)
  • Sen. Benny Shendo Jr. (D-Jemez Pueblo)
  • Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque)
  • along with Jon Goldstein of the Environmental Defense Fund,
  • Don Schreiber, a Rio Arriba County rancher and gas lease land holder
  • and Patrick von Bargen of the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions.

Following the press conference, a crowd of concerned citizens – including members of Conservation Voters NM, The Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter and ProgressNowNM – marched up to the fourth floor and hand-delivered petitions to the Governor’s office to tell her that New Mexico needs the methane rule, and ProgressNow New Mexico was there to capture all of the action.

The methane rule is a regulation implemented by the Bureau of Land Management that requires oil and natural gas producers to fix leaks and update equipment to prevent methane from flaring into the atmosphere.

Read more: What is the Methane Rule?

Last month, however, Gov. Martinez wrote a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan to urge Congress to repeal the rule.

Leaked methane is not just bad for the environment in New Mexico, it has an impact on your wallets as well. More than $42 million of public school royalties is lost to leaked methane, enough to heat 345,000 homes in New Mexico each year.



That is why ProgressNow New Mexico and our partner organizations are fighting back, and we would like your help.

Visit to learn more about the issue and to find out how you can tell the Governor that the methane rule is right for New Mexico’s families.