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Hard-fought rules add oil field jobs

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It’s the political bluster that hides the good news

By John Bartlit

  People dearly want a lasting supply of clean air  and water. The answer is pollution control.    
As more people make and use more stuff, pollution  sources grow to need more controls. The controls add jobs in the pollution  controls industry. The bonus is more of the clean air and water people  want.
In mid-October, a black headline glared from  the Albuquerque Journal. It read: “Jackpot in the Oil  Patch - State Rules Helped Politically Connected Players.”  
The front-page report hit on the eternal thought  that campaign money might sway things. If it might, new money that sways  towards the middle is a step forward.     
The oil-patch piece spoke of the “Pit Rule.” The  rule requires new pollution controls to be used for the salty, oily drilling  wastes from oilfields.
The rule grew from more  than a year of statewide meetings and negotiations among regulators, oil and  gas people, ranchers and other citizens.


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