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Former Energy Company Executive Named New Mexico Energy Department Leader

Published on KRWG Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Senate confirmed Gov. Martinez’ nominee for secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) on a 32-4 vote. Ken McQueen is a former executive of WPX Energy, an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company. During his time with the company, WPX was a [read more…]

Regulator Links Southwest Methane Cloud to Natural Seeps

By Morgan Lee | Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top oil and natural gas regulator said a giant cloud of the greenhouse gas methane hanging over the Southwestern United States comes in large part from natural seeps from underground formations and coal mining operations, disputing recent scientific findings. At a confirmation [read more…]

Over objections, New Mexico energy chief confirmed

By Andrew Oxford | The Santa Fe New Mexican After his confirmation hearing turned to discussion of climate change and the Four Corners methane hot spot, environmental groups on Wednesday lambasted New Mexico’s top oil and gas regulator as echoing politically conservative talking points while one legislator described the conversation as “very troubling.” But despite [read more…]

Bill strengthens state penalties for oil spills

By Kevin Robinson-Avila | Albuquerque Journal New Mexico’s oil wells are pumping at record levels, but more gushing crude means more frequent oil spills and other environmental problems that some state legislators want to plug with stiffer regulation and penalties. Sen. Richard C. Martínez, D-Española, introduced a bill this session, SB 307, that would make [read more…]

Santa Fe New Mexican Legislative roundup, Feb. 28, 2017

The Santa Fe New Mexican’s daily Legislative Roundup on Feb. 28 included a quote from CVNM: No dice for privatization: A House committee on Monday rejected a bill that would have allowed state and local governments to sign contracts with private partners to help launch public projects. The Labor and Economic Development Committee stopped the [read more…]

My View: Paying for public-private partnerships

Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. This is the warning our legislators need to heed so that New Mexicans don’t pay the price for mass privatization of our public services. A bill that could privatize New Mexico’s critical public services, like water (House [read more…]

Bill to bring back oil and gas pollution penalty moves forward

By Laura Paskus | NM Political Report Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española, presented a bill to the Senate Conservation Committee Thursday that would restore a state agency’s ability to penalize oil and gas companies that pollute water. Senate Bill 307 would also increase those penalties, which haven’t been updated since the Legislature passed the Oil and [read more…]

Nuclear Is Renewable Energy?

Published by KRWG Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee debated Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy (HB 406, Brown). The bill was tabled on a tied vote. CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton and CVNM Education Fund Western New Mexico Program Director Talia Boyd released the following statements: “Nuclear energy [read more…]

Budget crisis could doom clean-energy proposals

By Rebecca Moss | The Santa Fe New Mexican The 2017 legislative session has seen a renewed vigor in policy aimed at increasing the state’s reliance on renewable energy over oil and gas production, but some say these more liberal bills may not have enough political will or funding to become law, even as Democrats [read more…]

Papen’s bill creating early education endowment tabled, at her request

By Robert Nott | Santa Fe New Mexican The Senate Education Committee has unanimously tabled a bill that would have established a new endowment for early childhood programs in the state using revenues from federal mineral rights leases on public lands — assuming Congress approved a proposal by State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn to share [read more…]