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Proposed BLM regulations draw industry criticism

FARMINGTON — On July 10, the Bureau of Land Management announced proposed updates to its 25-year-old oil and gas regulations in an effort to help ensure states, tribes and taxpayers get fair royalty returns on resources taken from public lands. The proposed rule changes, announced Friday, will update the BLM’s “Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 3 (Order 3),” which ...

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Deputy Interior Secretary OKs continuing operations at Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine for next 25 years

FARMINGTON — On Friday, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor approved a “Record of Decision” that will allow operations to continue at the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine for another 25 years. The federal government’s 441-page document allows the mine to provide coal for the power plant until 2041. “Today’s decision includes a robust suite of mitigation ...

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BLM plans to update 1989 oil and gas industry regulations

FARMINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management has announced proposed updates to its 25-year-old oil and gas regulations in an effort to help ensure states, tribes and taxpayers get fair royalty returns on resources taken from public lands. The proposed rule changes, announced Friday, will update the BLM’s “Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 3 (Order 3),” which was set ...

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PNM’s San Juan plan gets thumbs down

A hearing examiner reviewing the Public Service Co. of New Mexico’s plan to shut down half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington has recommended that regulators reject most of PNM’s proposals for the plant. Ashley Schannauer, assigned by the state Public Regulation Commission to review PNM’s plans and recommend a decision to the five-member commission, said Wednesday ...

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BLM inspectors cover lots of ground checking wells

FARMINGTON – Strictly by the numbers, you might think it impossible for fewer than two dozen Bureau of Land Management inspectors to oversee the more than 21,000 wells on federal land in the San Juan Basin. Virgil Lucero, a BLM Farmington field office inspections supervisor, says his 21 — down from a standard staffing level of 25 — inspectors can personally ...

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Utility regulators to hear public on power plant proposal

FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico utility regulators plan a two-part meeting Wednesday for the public to comment on Public Service Co. of New Mexico’s proposal to shut down half of a coal-fired power plant near Farmington. The Public Regulation Commission scheduled afternoon and evening sessions in the Farmington council chambers on PNM’s proposal to shut down two units of the ...

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