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Report: Four Oil And Gas Spills A Day In New Mexico

May 5, 2016
Laura Paskus

Everyone’s heard how oil and gas production dropped in New Mexico last year. Low prices hit industry – and the state’s budget – hard.

During that same time, the state saw a bump in the number of oil and gas spills. That’s according to a new report from the Center for Western Priorities, which crunches data from the state's Oil Conservation Division

New Mexico Eyes Nuke Project After Ruling

Sep 8, 2014
Foro Nuclear via Flickr

Two southeastern New Mexico counties could get a new nuclear-related project thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the NRC last month approved a plan for the continued storage of used nuclear fuel onsite at nuclear power plants.

This action could open the door in Lea and Eddy counties for a long-term interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.

A still from the Town Hall video

Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz hosted a town hall meeting in Carlsbad last night to talk about recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. It's the nation's only underground nuclear waste storage facility, just 26 miles east of the town. WIPP has remained closed since the radiation leak in mid-February, and the cause of the leak remains unclear.

Secretary Moniz promised the crowd that WIPP will re-open, and members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation talked about their efforts to get WIPP the funds it needs to operate safely.