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New Mexico governor appoints new environment secretary

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

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a longtime employee of the state Environment Department to serve as the agency’s new leader. Butch Tongate’s appointment was announced Monday. He replaces Ryan Flynn, who resigned earlier this summer to take a job with an oil and gas industry group. Tongate’s career with the agency has spanned ...

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Albuquerque weighs getting more power from solar sources

Albuquerque, New Mexico, solar

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities around the nation that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources. Albuquerque city councilors on Monday are scheduled to take up a resolution that calls for getting at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar ...

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Emissions on agenda for PNM Resources shareholder meeting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The holding company for New Mexico’s largest electric provider has opted to host its annual shareholders’ meeting in Texas this year, and on the ballot is a proposal that would require Public Service Co. of New Mexico to adopt goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The PNM Resources shareholders meeting will be Tuesday in Lewisville, where ...

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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

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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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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Electricity-rate increase plan spurs protest in New Mexico

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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New Mexico groups push for more renewable energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of New Mexico environmental groups and community leaders are pushing for more electricity to come from renewable energy sources. The head of the University of New Mexico’s Sustainable Studies Program, Bruce Milne, says it’s both desirable and feasible for the U.S. to shift to 100 percent renewable energy and that technological innovations in the ...

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