New numbers show New Mexico’s methane emissions are much higher than previously thought.
A new report from the Environmental Defense Fund is estimating statewide emissions from oil and natural gas sites are five times higher than what the EPA reported. The environmental group is crediting th surge in emissions to an increase in oil and natural gas drilling at the Permian Basin.
According to the Associated Press, the analysis includes methane sensor measurements from around 90 locations in the basin in mid-2018. A previous study by the Environmental Defense fund based on 2015 data showed around 570,000 annual metric tones of emission across New Mexico.