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Navajo Nation confiscates water tanks after mine spill

FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday ordered tribal police to confiscate water tanks delivered to Shiprock that were intended to hold water that residents could use to irrigate crops and water livestock. Tribal officials were concerned about what they said was contamination in the tanks. The tanks were needed after more than 3 million gallons of toxic ...

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Gov. Susana Martinez says NMED will review EPA response to spill

FARMINGTON — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Environment Department will investigate the Gold King Mine spill that released more than 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers earlier this month. The investigation will examine the spill’s cause and the response from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which accepted responsibility for ...

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Clifford: NM will be OK

Despite dwindling oil prices, New Mexico will be alright. At least, that’s what Tom Clifford, head of the state’s Department of Finance and Administration said to members of the Legislative Finance Committee during their meeting today. In a report from the Associated Press, Clifford stated that although sinking fuel prices will continue to erode revenue, the state still has enough ...

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Family attacks EOG after water well explosion leaves permanent scars

EOG Resources and several other companies are facing a lawsuit from a family that suffered damages when their water well ignited into an immense explosion due to methane from nearby fracked wells. Desmog reports that the family of four, including a four-year-old child, her parents and her grandfather, were the victims of an explosion that occurred due to their water ...

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Interior Department will review Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the federal Department of the Interior will lead an independent review of the Gold King Mine spill that released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River from an abandoned mine north of Silverton, Colo., earlier this month. The review’s goal is to provide the EPA an analysis ...

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San Juan County Commission declines further involvement in Public Service Company of New Mexico plan

LNG refinery

AZTEC — San Juan County commissioners declined on Tuesday to become more involved in a plan that could keep the San Juan Generating Station operating. “We will continue to monitor it,” but the greater involvement is not necessary now, County Attorney Doug Echols said in the meeting. On Thursday, key opponents settled their disagreements with the Public Service Company of ...

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