BLM meeting on methane rules draws hundreds in New Mexico

Four Corners methane hotspot

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico meeting about federal methane leak regulations attracted such a crowd that the fire marshal ordered everyone to move to a larger space.

The Daily Times reports that Bureau of Land Management officials organized the Tuesday public meeting to provide information about the agency’s push to update 30-year-old methane rules. Supporters of the change say stricter regulations will help protect the environment from harmful methane leaks.

More than 600 people attended the meeting in Farmington and about 100 of them signed up to speak. The majority of people who showed up opposed the rule change, including several oilfield workers and Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts.

Roberts says the rules will kill jobs and decrease revenue for state and federal government.

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