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Stronger emission rules called for as oil and gas grows in New Mexico

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

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

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

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He said his land was directly beneath a known hotspot of methane pollution, a cloud of the gas discovered over the Four Corners Region by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2014 believed the result of gathering air pollution from oil and gas operations in the region.

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