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Senate Republican Caucus Echoes Bipartisan Opposition to Oil and Gas Restrictions

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September 17, 2021

Contact: Joaquin Romero

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Senate Republican Caucus Echoes Bipartisan Opposition to Oil and Gas Restrictions


SANTA FE — This week, all 15 members of the Senate Republican Caucus signed a letter to Secretary James Kenney, joining the growing bipartisan opposition to the New Mexico Environment Department’s proposed ozone precursor rule. The proposed new rule is projected to cause a substantial decrease in oil and gas production, and deal a devastating blow to the New Mexico energy economy.


“This is not just about the potential loss of thousands of jobs—it is about the dangerous ripple effect of crippling a driving economic force in our state’s economy,” said Senator Gay Kernan (District 42-Chaves, Eddy, and Lea). “We all want to move our state forward, but I fear this excessive rule will do much more harm than good.”


“The assault on oil and gas is nothing more than a rejection of reality,” added Senator William Sharer (District 1-San Juan). “Even our Governor, who does not often side with us on many issues, understands what a devastating impact a rule like this could have on our economy. I hope the Environment Department recognizes the need to put our citizens and their livelihoods ahead of the political posturing of the radical environmental left.”


The signed letter is attached.


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