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Pro-energy group to ramp up involvement in NM

FARMINGTON — A Houston-based pro-energy group with chapter offices in Texas, Alaska and Florida plans to become more involved in energy policy, education and advocacy in New Mexico. Consumer Energy Alliance is making in-roads into the state, said Shawn Martini, CEA communications director, and has taken a greater interest in energy policy and regulatory action in New Mexico over the ...

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Low oil and gas prices mean a daily struggle

FARMINGTON — This year has not been an easy one for local oil and gas companies and those providing support services. It’s been a year of layoffs and cutbacks without any change predicted for the immediate future. In April, ConocoPhillips announced local layoffs, followed by similar announcements from local yards like Halliburton on Main Street, and, most recently, Baker Hughes ...

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Ministry connects workers, jobs

Times were good when First Baptist’s oilfield ministry began last October. It was the Permian Basin International Oil Show, and a group of Christians joined to distribute some 7,000 Bibles tailored specifically to oil men from nearby the event. An oil price slide during the following months would hammer the industry, and First Baptist “boom pastor” Jesse Gore — to ...

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Energy advocacy group to open mobile office in N.M.

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Consumer Energy Alliance — a Houston-based pro-energy group with chapter offices in Texas, Alaska and Florida — plans to become more actively involved in energy policy and advocacy in New Mexico. Shawn Martini, CEA communications director, said the nine-year-old group — that advocates for energy policy that “ensures affordable energy for consumers” — has taken a greater ...

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Baker Hughes lays off 67 workers

FARMINGTON — Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping on Southside River Road in Farmington laid off 67 workers on Tuesday citing low oil and gas prices on the commodities market. Robert “Kevin” Jones, district manager for Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping, said in a phone interview that he learned of the layoffs Tuesday morning in a text message. Jones is on short-term disability ...

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Illegal salt water disposal still an issue

CARLSBAD — Every morning, Lon Lawrence of Carlsbad goes on a walk with his wife and dog around his property near Boyd and Hildago Roads. Friday morning, while on his walk, Lawrence came across what appeared to be spilled salt water from an oil well tank. The smell of the green water was repugnant and it had a slimy appearance. ...

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Methane forum attendees differ on ‘hot spot’

FARMINGTON — About 100 environmentalists, former legislators and interested people filled a meeting room in Henderson Hall at San Juan College on Tuesday evening to hear about scientists’ efforts this year to pinpoint sources contributing to high levels of atmospheric methane recently detected over the Four Corners region. The meeting was organized by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups ...

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Oil seepage threatens Monahans Draw

Leaking oil from a lease atop the Monahans Draw raises worry of contamination of the waterway, and more than a year into the state-ordered cleanup effort the extent of the damage remains unclear. Oil was discovered seeping through soggy earth on July 16, 2014, at the oil lease in the 3200 block of Second Street, the western fringes of Odessa ...

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Chinese companies purchasing Texas oil assets

Chinese national oil companies (NOC) are purchasing west Texas oil assets for $1.3 billion. Shanghai-listed Yantai Xinchao Industry Co. Ltd. said it would buy oil fields in Howard and Borden counties from Nevada-based companies Tall City Exploration and Plymouth Petroleum, according to The Associated Press. Yantai Xinchao signed a letter of intent Friday with Ningbo Dingliang Huitong Equity Investment Center, ...

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New Mexico’s energy plan designed to facilitate comeback

New Mexico’s oil and gas industry may be in the doldrums now, but state and economic development officials are laying the groundwork for a rapid comeback when markets improve. Gov. Susana Martinez released a new energy plan for New Mexico in September that calls for broad infrastructure development in the state’s Permian Basin in the southeast and the San Juan ...

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