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Where there is oil money, crime follows


CARLSBAD — The oil and gas industry sustains more than just the local economy in Eddy County, it is also inadvertently fuels crime rates in the area. Statistics show that crime rates have been steadily rising in Carlsbad and Eddy County since the beginning of the boom, causing some agencies to get creative with their resources and straining the resources ...

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Montana Resources applauds injunction blocking clean-water rule in Montana, 12 other states

A rule intended to clarify clean water protections in the United States just got murkier. Implementation of the new Clean Water Act rule was blocked in Montana and 12 other states when North Dakota Chief District Judge Ralph Erickson granted a preliminary injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers late Thursday. The injunction only affects ...

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Halliburton to reduce its Artesia, New Mexico workforce

Layoffs have been announced at the Artesia location of Halliburton Co., due to current business conditions in the oil industry. William Fitzgerald, a Halliburton spokesman, said in an email that the company does not drill in Eddy County, but they do have two locations in Artesia. “Halliburton will continue to monitor the business environment and will adjust the size of ...

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Group pushes for less flaring in the Four Corners


A group of New Mexicans are getting fed up with what they see as wasteful processes like natural gas flaring and venting, according to the NM Political Report. Nonprofit organization Taxpayers for Common Sense advocates for less expensive, more environmentally-friendly alternatives to flaring and venting. The group recently advertised in the Santa Fe New Mexican, urging lawmakers to require the ...

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Target Logistics to build new Permian Basin mancamp


Target Logistics recently announced plans to build a new 200-bed mancamp somewhere in West Texas for “one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies,” at a time when occupancy rates at such facilities suffer from the oil and gas downturn. Woodlands-based Target Logistics did not disclose the company that commissioned the lodging facility or ...

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One suspect arrested for truck stunts on I-25

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One man is behind bars after videos of a dozen pickup trucks halting traffic and doing doughnuts on Interstate 25 Sunday went viral on social media this week. Officers arrested Ivan Alejandro Guardado-Fuentes, 18, for the “dangerous and illegal stunt pulled in broad daylight,” according to Celina Espinoza, a spokeswoman for the Albuquerque Police Department. “Guardado-Fuentes was interviewed by officers ...

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RRC awards innovative restoration projects of Texas coal mines

Ever wonder what happens to abandoned coal mining land? Well, thanks to the regulations of the Railroad Commission of Texas, many become restoration projects and the RRC gives an annual award to companies doing the best work in the pursuit of public safety and natural resources. On Tuesday, the RRC announced the 2015 Reclamation Award recipient. The Texas Westmoreland Coal ...

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Can Texas pull through?

In most people’s mind, Texas and oil go together like Rocky and boxing; one just wouldn’t be the same without the other. So, of course it came as no surprise that communities in south and west Texas suffered as oil prices plummeted over the past year. West Texas crude prices hit $39 this week— the lowest it’s been since 2009, ...

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Navajo Nation committee hears irrigation concerns from chapter officials

FARMINGTON — Chapter officials reported to the Navajo Nation’s Resources and Development Committee Tuesday about the impact the closure of the San Juan River is having on agriculture. Water-use restrictions remain in place for the portion of the river that flows through the Nation. Tribal officials issued the restrictions after toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine flowed into the ...

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Power outage affects nearly 6,200 customers

FARMINGTON — More than 6,200 Farmington Electric Utility System customers were without power for nearly two hours Monday after a crossarm supporting a transmission line broke, shutting down three distribution substations, a utility official said. The power outage affected the College, Foothills and Fruitland substations, according to Rodney Romero, acting utility director for the Farmington Electric Utility System. Romero said ...

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