A group of New Mexicans are getting fed up with what they see as wasteful processes like natural gas flaring and venting, according to the NM Political Report.
Nonprofit organization Taxpayers for Common Sense advocates for less expensive, more environmentally-friendly alternatives to flaring and venting.
The group recently advertised in the Santa Fe New Mexican, urging lawmakers to require the Bureau of Land Management to pass a measurement barring wasteful natural gas disposal on federal lands in the Four Corners region.
“In that escape of natural gas, that is just throwing money away for the oil companies, which in turn robs the taxpayer,” said Don Schreiber, who ranches Devil’s Spring Ranch, several thousand acres located on federally managed land.
According to the report, New Mexico burns off $100 million worth of natural gas.
“BLM will require oil and gas producers to use technology that currently exists so that gas is captured and that they can then resell, or sell, instead of leaking it into the atmosphere or burning it off, which is just a waste,” said Michael Surrusco, policy analyst for Taxpayers for Common Sense.
The group reports that, between 2006 and 2013, more than $380 million worth of natural gas was flared off on public lands throughout the U.S.