New Mexico accuses Texas oil firm of air quality violations
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico regulators are going after a Texas-based oil and gas company over alleged air quality violations.
The environment department issued the notice of violation to Hilcorp Energy on Thursday, saying the company has violated state and federal laws by improperly controlling emissions from one of its wells in the San Juan Basin.
The state contends any natural gas released during drilling must be captured and not wasted.
Hilcorp did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The company has numerous wells in the northwest corner of the state and was already at odds with state officials over a request to increase well densities in the area.
The state and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are requiring Hilcorp to submit more data on its facilities in New Mexico to determine compliance.
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