Stricter emissions regulations are needed as oil and gas grow in New Mexico

Don Schreiber said his ranch in the San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico is dotted with 122 oil and gas wells.

He said they are spewing harmful pollutants onto his land, threatening health problems and damaging the local environment.

Schreiber, a rancher in Rio Arriba County, said during his testimony Tuesday before the US Environmental Protection Agency that action needs to be taken at the federal level to truly protect New Mexicans from fossil fuel pollution.

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He said his country sits directly under a known methane pollution hotspot, a gas plume discovered in 2014 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) over the Four Corners region believed to be the result of accumulation of air pollution from oil and gas operations to be the region.