Environmental groups sue feds, claiming expansion of drilling in NM threatens air quality

BLM, Forest Service sued over air pollution in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Environmentalists claim in a lawsuit that federal agencies violated the law by approving plans that would expand oil and gas development in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin — one of the nation’s largest natural gas fields.

WildEarth Guardians, Dine (di-NEH’) Citizens Against Ruining our Environment and Carson Forest Watch filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque.

They say the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management decisions allowing for more drilling should be thrown out because they failed to properly account for the impact on air pollution.

BLM official Tony Herrell says the agency prepared an environmental impact statement and an air quality model. The Forest Service did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.


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