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New Mexico brings big data to bear on methane pollution

1 year 2 days 15 hours ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 September 19, 2019 4:15 PM September 19, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State regulators in New Mexico are turning to the private sector for new tools including satellite data to detect and monitor methane pollution in a thriving zone for U.S. oil production.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday a collaborative effort with the data-crunching company Descartes Labs to use new technologies that can chart emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.

Descartes Labs CEO Mark Johnson says his company is developing a data "refinery" that can chart industrial methane emissions using satellite imagery and other sensors.

New Mexico is scaling up regulation of methane as the Trump administration dials back its oversight.

A summit in Santa Fe on Thursday brought together oil industry executives, regulators and environmentalists to explore technical challenges in conserving methane.

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