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New Mexico settles with Texas well operator

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oilfield regulators have reached a settlement agreement with a Texas well operator in response to spills of oily salt water at the company’s waste-water injection sites and oil wells. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division confirmed Tuesday the agreement with Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, that outlines a timeline for cleaning up the ...

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Planners seek to transform New Mexico border town into destination

In this Jan. 5, 2016 photo, blades for wind turbines sit in a field in the booming New Mexico town of Santa Teresa along the U.S.-Mexico border. The nonprofit group that operates Santa Teresa is working to transform the area from a place where people work into one where they might live. Officials are drafting plans that call for the building of a plaza on an upslope, surrounded by Mediterranean-style housing and international restaurants. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Trucks race along a winding road in the arid New Mexico desert. As they travel through Santa Teresa, a border-crossing port of entry and unincorporated town, they pass millions of square feet of warehouses that store steel coil, wind turbine blades and specialty glass. It’s a town that state officials say has pumped millions into New Mexico’s economy. But ...

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Value of nuclear power up for debate in New Mexico rate case

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Discrepancies over the value of electricity purchased from a nuclear-fired power plant in Arizona has interrupted proceedings related to a request by New Mexico’s largest electric utility to raise rates for more than a half-million customers. A New Mexico hearing officer has extended the schedule in the Public Service Co. of New Mexico case so more ...

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Albuquerque delays decision on solar proposal

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders in New Mexico’s largest city have put off a decision on whether to join dozens of other communities that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources, a movement that has swept cities from the U.S. and Canada to Germany. The Albuquerque City Council voted during an hours-long meeting Monday to ...

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Albuquerque weighs getting more power from solar sources

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities around the nation that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources. Albuquerque city councilors on Monday are scheduled to take up a resolution that calls for getting at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar ...

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New Mexico state revenues lag

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico budget analysts say state revenues continue to trail last year by about 10 percent amid low energy prices and weak tax receipts. The Legislative Finance Council is reviewing its estimates Wednesday that show the state collecting revenues of $3.6 billion during the first seven months of the current fiscal year. The state had ...

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New Mexico land commissioner opposes flaring rules

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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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Head of New Mexico oil and gas group to retire

Head of New Mexico oil and gas group to retire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association will be retiring later this year and the industry group has launched a national search for his replacement. Steve Henke’s last day will be Sept. 1. He has served as president of the group for the past six years. He previously was in charge of the ...

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New Mexico oil field regulators present spill allegations

New Mexico oil field regulators present spill allegations

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil field regulators are providing evidence that a Texas-based driller spilled oily salt water repeatedly at waste-water injections sites without properly reporting it, and ignored initial warnings to stop. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division on Thursday provided testimony, photographs and a video at public hearing to back up allegations that Siana Operating ...

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New Mexico to roll out cleanup proposal for federal lab

New Mexico to roll out cleanup proposal for federal lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators plan to roll out a revamped proposal for governing cleanup of Cold War-era waste from one of the federal government’s premier nuclear laboratories. State Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn is scheduled to outline the changes to the consent order with Los Alamos National Laboratory during a meeting Wednesday afternoon. The presentation will kick ...

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