Oil and Gas
Since its inception, New Mexico’s fortunes have been tied closely to the boom and bust cycle of oil and natural gas production. Even before the COVID-19 public health crisis, New Mexico struggled to balance its budget and pay for critical services like hospitals and education. The boom and bust cycle of oil and gas drives the state’s widely fluctuating revenues. Meanwhile, energy production and distribution is also contributing to the release of health-damaging air pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds and carcinogenic gases.
Unregulated pollution also endangers the health of nearby communities, compromises our cultural resources, and contributes to climate change. Unlike other neighboring extractive states, Colorado and Texas, New Mexico hasn’t been able to leverage oil and gas development into a diversity of revenue sources and industries by reinvesting the revenue into infrastructure projects and education.
Explore these pages to learn more about CAVU’s work to mitigate the impacts of the oil and gas industry on our health, climate, and economy.
Unearthed – Exploring Oil and Gas Issues in New Mexico. Hear from New Mexicans about the impacts that the current oil bust has had on their lives and our state.