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Supplying energy supplies jobs

There’s more evidence that the U.S. oil and natural gas industry is driving economic growth – not just in the industry itself, but also in the vast supply chain that sustains energy development – adding to overall GDP, wages and revenues to government. A new IHS study, commissioned by the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) estimates that employment growth in the ...

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EPA approves plan to close two units at San Juan Generating Station


FARMINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a state plan that would close two coal-fired units at San Juan Generating Station in Waterflow by the end of 2017 and save the plant owners $780 million, according to a press release. The plan was proposed 18 months ago. It was written by the New Mexico Environment Department, the Public ...

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Coal competing with oil and gas for space on rail

Coal cart

In 2010, Chuck West, manager of coal procurement for one of the country’s largest power generators, American Electric Power, rode a train down from the coal fields of Wyoming to Denver. Out the window, he took note of the many empty coal cars parked along the tracks. Coal shipments have been on the decline since 2008 as low gas prices ...

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State organization to study impact of wind farms in Pennsylvania

Wind farm in a field

The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s nonpartisan research organization has a year to produce a comprehensive report on the impact of wind farms on the state’s landscape, wildlife and electric grid. The state House of Representatives directed the Joint State Government Commission to conduct the study with a vote of 181-11 this month. Legislators instructed the commission to cover certain basic details, ...

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TCEQ plans new air monitoring site in Eagle Ford

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says it plans to add a new air monitor in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale play to measure the effect of pollution from oil and gas sites that are spreading across South Texas. The move comes after Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff criticized the agency’s attempts to curb air ...

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Winthrop Quigley | Albuquerque Journal New Mexico’s job growth continues to lag the nation, but that is not the worst of it, said Jeffrey Mitchell, the new director of the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research. “The very weak performance relative to other states seems to cut across the economy,” he said. All employment sectors are under-performing, ...

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Rains have minimal impact on WIPP

Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. CARLSBAD — The weeklong rains that drenched Eddy County only slightly impacted recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. WIPP came away “mostly unscathed” from the September storms according to Department of Energy officials, who also reported two brief partial power outages at the waste disposal facility that delayed entries underground last week. Since Sept. 12, ...

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Carlsbad hosts forum on human trafficking in boomtowns


Jessica Onsurez | Carlsbad Current-Argus CARLSBAD — As Carlsbad grows with the oil and gas boom, community leaders are taking steps to educate the public against some of the seedier elements of progress. Truckers Against Trafficking and nonprofit iEmpathize will be sponsoring a rolling exhibit and community forum to discuss topics of prostitution and human trafficking that often follow oil ...

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Permian producers seeing deep discounts


Permian Basin producers are becoming a victim of their own recent success. A report issued this past week by the Energy Information Administration said the rise of production from the Permian Basin has outpaced takeaway infrastructure, causing the price differential between West Texas Intermediate at Midland to fall below West Texas Intermediate Cushing. EIA Analyst T. Mason Hamilton said the ...

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