Selling oil and gas properties in New Mexico won’t hurt pollution, Feds say

Federal land managers in the Permian Basin determined that leasing public lands in New Mexico, pending sale to the oil and gas industry for fossil fuel production, would have little impact on pollution.

The Bureau of Land Management on Jan. 4 released an environmental assessment for a May auction of oil and gas leases offering 19 lots on 3,280 acres in Eddy, Lea and Chaves counties in southeastern New Mexico.

The lands would target the Permian Basin, known as the US’s most active oil field, stretching from New Mexico to West Texas and expected to produce 5.5 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) this month, according to the Energy Information Administration – almost half of the country’s total of 11.7 million bpd.

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