New Mexico depends on the oil and gas industry as a critical provider of affordable, reliable energy. Acting as the financial backbone for many communities and families, the industry supplies thousands of jobs to New Mexicans and generates billions in state revenue each year.

While the industry is essential to New Mexico’s economy, it must operate in a socially responsible manner by reducing emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As New Mexico aims to be a leader in emissions reductions, it must consider new and advanced technologies to detect emissions when drafting rules that balance economic and environmental concerns.

As the CEO of a methane detection company, I’m driven by making the oil and gas industry more efficient. This helps the profitability and sustainability of the industry, and helps reduce emissions — a rare win-win that also drives our entire crew.

Dr. Pete Roos is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridger Photonics, a methane detection company headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. For more information visit

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