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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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UNM, Miners’ Colfax in pact to fight mining-related illness

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RATON, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Miners’ Colfax Medical Center are stepping up efforts to fight mining-related respiratory diseases. Both recently announced that a $1.5 million gift will fund an endowed chair in Mining-Related Lung Disease to be held by pulmonologist Akshay Sood. Sood has been working with the Raton hospital for years ...

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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 sues Texas oil company for lease payments

New Mexico sues Texas oil company for lease payments

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Land Office is suing a Texas oil company for years of overdue fees and recent environmental cleanup costs at a wastewater injection well used by various oil producers. Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, was notified Thursday of the lawsuit in Santa Fe District Court seeking compensation, punitive damages and access to ...

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New Mexico land commissioner opposes flaring rules

Pump jack and flare operating in the San Juan Basin, Eddy County, New Mexico. (Image: Blake Thornberry via Flickr)

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

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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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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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Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that manages the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository is being awarded nearly $12 million in fees and performance pay for work done while the troubled facility moves toward resuming operations following a radiation leak more than two years ago. Documents released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Department show Nuclear Waste Partnership — which ...

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Electricity-rate increase plan spurs protest in New Mexico

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental activists are staging a protest in Santa Fe as state utility regulators consider a proposed 14 percent rate increase by New Mexico’s largest electric utility. Public hearings began Monday on the proposal from Albuquerque-based Public Service Company of New Mexico to increase annual revenues by $124 million. The environmental group New Energy Economy rallied ...

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