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Feds seek borehole test for potential hot nuclear waste burial

Aerial view of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nye County, Nevada. (Image via Wikipedia)

LUBBOCK, Texas — The federal government plans to spend $80 million assessing whether its hottest nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes, a project that could provide an alternative strategy to a Nevada repository plan that was halted in 2010. The five-year borehole project was tentatively slated to start later this year on state-owned land in rural North Dakota, ...

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New Mexico moves to cut spending to offset oil bust

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Permian Basin near Farmington, New Mexico. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico slashed revenue projections for this year and next by a quarter-billion dollars because of low oil and natural gas prices and took initial steps Saturday toward reducing general fund spending next year. A somber Senate Finance Committee unveiled budget amendments that would shave spending across state agencies this fiscal year, ...

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Survey: Solar workforce grows in New Mexico

University of New Mexico professors Andrea Mammoli (left) and Peter Vorobieff examine solar thermal collectors on the roof of the Mechanical Engineering Building on the UNM campus. (Image: Sandia Labs via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. — State energy officials say the solar industry’s workforce is growing in New Mexico. The state Energy Conservation and Management Division teamed up with the nonprofit Solar Foundation to develop the solar jobs census for 2015. They found 299 jobs were added to the solar workforce last year. As of November, a total of 1,899 workers were ...

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$30 oil? Texas says bring it on

$30 oil? Texas says bring it on

Some parts of the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin are profitable with oil below $30 a barrel, according to analysis by Bloomberg Intelligence. Wells in DeWitt County can be profitable with benchmark crude at a price as low as $22.52, which is $4 below its lowest price this year. Crude oil settled at $26.55 on Jan. 20, its weakest price ...

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2 drivers killed in fiery East Texas wreck on US 69

ZAVALLA, Texas — A fiery East Texas traffic accident involving a tanker rig hauling crude oil and a smaller truck has left both drivers dead. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident happened shortly before dawn Friday on U.S. 69 just south of Zavalla (zuh-VAL’-uh). DPS Trooper David Hendry says preliminary information indicates the tanker truck was southbound ...

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Advisory board recommends New Mexico county deny oil exploration permit

BERNALILLO, N.M. — An advisory board has recommended that Sandoval County deny permits for an Oklahoma company to explore for oil outside Rio Rancho. The County’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday said that he County Commission should deny SandRidge Oil’s two requests to drill an exploratory well west of the city’s limits. The recommendation says SandRidge did not provide ...

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