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New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 ...

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New Mexico land commissioner opposes flaring rules

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn isn’t a fan of the Obama administration’s plan to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land. Dunn announced Thursday that his office has submitted comments in opposition of the proposed venting and flaring regulations. Dunn says a committee was formed in New ...

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Texas, New Mexico oil producers push for import limits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oil drilling companies and royalty owners from the Texas Panhandle to New Mexico’s stretch of the Permian Basin are embarking on a grass-roots campaign to limit foreign oil imports, salvaging what they say is a major sector of the U.S. economy. “American oil is competing against a cartel of government operators which has a stated initiative ...

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New Mexico groups push for more renewable energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of New Mexico environmental groups and community leaders are pushing for more electricity to come from renewable energy sources. The head of the University of New Mexico’s Sustainable Studies Program, Bruce Milne, says it’s both desirable and feasible for the U.S. to shift to 100 percent renewable energy and that technological innovations in the ...

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Oil-dependent New Mexico joins climate-change coalition

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of 17 state attorneys general to combat global warming by examining whether fossil fuel companies misled investors or the public on the impact of their business. State Deputy Attorney General Tania Maestas met Tuesday in New York with other prosecutors in the coalition. New Mexico depends heavily ...

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New Mexico reviews water injection wells for damages

Injection well used to dispose of oil field wastewater. (Image: Faces of Fracking via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state land commissioner is ordering a broad examination of easements for injection wells used by the oil and natural gas industry to dispose of waste saltwater, in response to environmental damage at a site in the southeast of the state. State regulators blame Midland, Texas-based Siana Operating for spills of oily water at ...

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Feds invest nearly $7M in small business to boost clean tech

A team of SFU student researchers is at work at Ballard Power Systems in Burnaby carrying out tests to improve fuel cell durability. The study aims to make fuel-cell buses competitive with diesel hybrids. (Image: Simon Fraser University via Flickr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is investing nearly $7 million in 33 small businesses across the country to build partnerships with national laboratories in hopes of speeding up development of clean energy technology, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday. The selected businesses represent only a fraction of the hundreds that applied to participate in the first round ...

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New Mexico orders company to clean oil disposal site spill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have accused a Texas company of trespassing and causing a spill at a disposal site used by the oil and gas industry. The State Land Office delivered a letter Wednesday to Midland, Texas-based Siana Operating ordering it to obtain an entry permit to remediate damage at the waste-water injection well it operates ...

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New Mexico says oil company trespassed, left spill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are ordering a Midland, Texas-based company to clean a spill of oil and water on state trust lands in Lea County at a waste-water injection site serving the area’s oil and natural gas industry. The State Land Office on Wednesday accused Texas-based Siana Operating LLC of trespassing under an expired lease of ...

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Appellate court upholds New Mexico’s oil and gas pit rule

Fracking fluid and other drilling wastes are dumped into an unlined pit located right up against the Petroleum Highway in Kern County, California. (Image: Sarah Craig/Faces of Fracking via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Court of Appeals is refusing to overturn revamped regulations aimed at managing certain wastes produced by oil and natural gas drilling. The court recently issued an opinion in response to an appeal filed by environmental groups that accused regulators of not adequately explaining why the rules were being revised. The New Mexico ...

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