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Breaking the oil and gas bust

CARLSBAD — The boom town: where old meets new and where the small town meets big industry. For the last seven years Carlsbad located in the Northwest portion of the Permian Basin, has been a boomtown. The Permian Basin — one of the largest oil and gas regions in the U.S. — stretches across most of Southeast New Mexico and ...

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Oilfield jobs put families in predicament

CARLSBAD — The oil field can be a magnet for a man looking for means to support and create a future for his family. To pursue it, though, could mean being separated from his family for weeks or even months at a time. The majority of workers who have relocated to Carlsbad have left their families behind. Instead of seeing ...

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Healdsburg man uses heat to make clean water

Healdsburg’s Aaron Mandell wants to build a $30 million desalination plant in the San Joaquin Valley that would use the warmth of the sun to distill former irrigation water and reuse it on thirsty farms. Mandell, an engineer and former Boston resident who has helped start a half-dozen companies, is the second Sonoma County entrepreneur with a business that takes ...

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New county website to launched

CARLSBAD — As the leading county in the oil and gas industry, Eddy County improved its website to better promote the area. The new website, www.co.eddy.nm.us, was officially launched in July. It offers residents easier navigation and access to more information, officials said. Carol Hennington, the Information Technology director for the county, said that the department wanted the new website ...

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Xcel construction plans not hampered by oil prices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Despite a swing in oil prices, a company that provides electricity to customers throughout southeastern New Mexico and West Texas says it’s not backing down from plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the region’s infrastructure. Xcel Energy plans to spend more than $630 million on new high-voltage transmission and distribution lines and substations. A ...

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NM county pushes back against company’s water use

Denver-based potassium chloride producer Intrepid Potash claims it needs 3.2 billion gallons of water of the next few years to operate their plant in southeastern New Mexico, but nearby residents aren’t happy about this sizable volume. According to the Denver Business Journal, Lea County Commissioners say the use of that much water could jeopardize access to clean water for the ...

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Nuclear reprocessing plant gets go ahead to expand


A nuclear materials reprocessing facility called URENCO has been cleared to expand their facility after issuing an environmental assessment. URENCO is located near the Texas-New Mexico border, off of New Mexico Route 176 near the town of Eunice and is approximately 60 miles east of Carlsbad. URENCO is not in anyway related to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, ...

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Carlsbad moves ahead with plan to ease housing shortage

CARLSBAD, N.M. — The Carlsbad City Council has approved a zoning change that officials are hoping will help ease a housing shortage caused by the oil boom. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the zoning change will allow for developers to build an apartment complex on two lots that were previously zoned for commercial use. California-based Silverado Land Company has plans to ...

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Carlsbad approves resolution addressing nuke dump fines

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Carlsbad officials have approved a resolution that makes several recommendations to state and federal officials as they fight over fines stemming from the radiation leak at the federal government’s nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico. Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway’s nuclear taskforce announced Wednesday that the city has signed off on the resolution. A similar resolution is ...

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