Explore New Mexico’s oil and gas pollution

Updated analysis reveals the scope of the state’s methane emissions and needed solutions

New analysis estimates that New Mexico’s oil and gas companies emit over 1.1 million metric tons of methane annually. That’s approximately 5 times more pollution than EPA data suggest and has the same near-term climate impact as 25 coal-fired power plants.

New Mexico methane emissions

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This updated analysis applies the latest peer-reviewed methods and satellite measurements to examine the amount of climate-warming methane emitted from oil and gas sites, as well as harmful volatile organic compounds.

These emissions carry a heavy economic toll for New Mexico. EDF estimates the state wastes $271 million worth of natural gas annually and loses out on an additional $43 million in tax and royalty revenue every year due to methane waste.

The results of this analysis are available online and allow users to:

  • Explore oil and gas methane emission by county.
  • Discover which communities face the brunt of oilfield pollution.
  • Compare proposed policy solutions for reducing emissions.