Farmington Daily Times: Aztec, Durango mayors call for tough methane regulations

As elected officials in Durango, Colorado, and Aztec, New Mexico, we each serve communities that are very different. But what we have in common is a 2,500-square-mile problem that affects our shared economy, watershed and airshed. The Four Corners methane cloud is the largest source of methane pollution in North America and the reason why local, elected officials from New Mexico and Colorado are working together in support of strong, statewide methane regulations in New Mexico that will reduce this pollution and hold the oil and gas industry accountable.

As elected leaders, we understand the important role the oil and gas industry plays in the economic strength of our region. But a prosperous, sustainable community requires more than jobs, and the industry needs to do its part to protect public health, the environment and our quality of life. Methane waste and pollution from oil and gas operations is impacting air quality, damaging the climate for future generations and wasting millions of dollars in taxpayer-owned revenue for needed services.

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