Love (and Methane) is in the Air for Gov. Martinez

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Governor Susana Martinez is in love. In love with oil and gas companies, that is.

A couple of weeks ago, Gov. Martinez wrote a letter to U.S Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, urging Congress to repeal the “methane rule.”

She was referring, of course, to the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Reduction Rule, which seeks to “reduce the waste of natural gas from flaring, venting, and leaks from oil and gas production on public and Indian lands.”

This is alarming for a number of reasons, including the fact that three years ago NASA discovered a methane spot the size of Delaware hovering above the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico, home to tens of thousands of oil and gas wells.

Martinez’s motives for doing this make no sense. The methane rule is a common sense regulation that protects the environment from careless oil and gas companies. And as Senator Tom Udall pointed out at a recent Senate committee meeting, this wasted natural gas costs New Mexico taxpayers around $100 million annually.

Why would Gov. Martinez put the health and financial securities of New Mexico’s families at risk by fighting such a sensible regulation? The only logical explanation is that she loves the oil and gas companies that have funded her political rise more than the people she has been elected to serve.

But we are doing what we can to make sure you are not forgotten any longer.

In the spirit of the season, and with the help of the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club, ProgressNow New Mexico is sending Valentine’s Day cards to the governor to remind her that you exist and that oil and gas companies should not be the only recipients of her infatuation.

Maybe, just maybe, she will finally spread the love.

We’re sending Gov. Martinez some Valentines to remind her that we LOVE to breath clean and fresh air and we want her to show the LOVE and walk back her stance on the methane rule. By adding your name below you’re showing your support for every New Mexican’s right to breath free and easy.