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May 12, 2014

"Feds failed to inspect high-risk oil wells in New Mexico" – Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/12/2014

Federal report shows a failure of Federal inspectors to keep up with inspections of high-risk oil and gas wells.

The Bureau of Land Management has posted information about their role in Energy Production.

The BLM has also posted statistics on oil and gas production and their inspection activities.

For more detailed information on current oil and gas well drilling technology, hazards and safeguards, the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) has a very useful and well-illustrated website.  Of particular use is the page for Well Completion, which includes information on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

May 8, 2014

Report: NM to be hotter, drier“ – Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico’s current drought, with dwindling water supplies and increasing wildfire risk, is a taste of our future under climate change, according to a sweeping new federal report released Tuesday.  While climate’s natural ups and downs are playing a major role in our current drought, rising greenhouse gases increase the odds of conditions like New Mexico is now experiencing, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment. – 5/7/2014


Report: Uranium Cleanup in Navajo Nation Meets Most Objectives“ – Arizona Public Media

According to the new U.S. Government Accountability Officereport, Uranium Contamination: Overall Scope, Time Frame, and Cost Information Is Needed for Contamination Cleanup on the Navajo Reservation, GAO-14-323, federal agencies working to address uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation met most of the objectives outlined in a five-year plan.  But the GAO report showed the agencies fell short in two out of the eight objectives.  The GAO said the work schedules for the Northeast Church Rock mine near Gallup, New Mexico and the Tuba City Dump were optimistic and ambitious. – 5/6/2014

May 2, 2014

Feds, ICE arrests over 600 gang suspects” – Las Cruces Sun News

More than 600 suspected gang members have been arrested in the Homeland Security Department's largest crackdown on street gangs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday. – 5/2/14


Governor names Las Cruces to New Mexico panels” – Las Cruces Sun News

Gov. Susana Martinez announced a number of appointments to New Mexico boards and panels on Thursday. – 5/2/14


"N.M. Gov. Susana Martinez announces summer food program for NM kids” – Las Cruces Sun News

Gov. Susana Martinez says the state is ready to help children who face the threat of going without a meal once school lets out for the summer. Martinez announced this year's food service program during a visit to Albuquerque on Thursday. She'll be in Espanola on Friday to talk more about the program. – 5/2/14

May 7, 2014

WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Expand Watershed Groups

The Bureau of Reclamation's Cooperative Watershed Management Program is accepting applications from entities seeking to establish or expand watershed management groups.  Funding is available for states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States Territories to establish a watershed group.  Funding is also available for an existing watershed group to expand.  Applications are due on June 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. – 5/7/2014

April 25, 2014

Chaco Canyon’s International Dark Sky Park Celebration April 24-26, 2014

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is celebrating its official designation an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association this weekend. Chaco is one of only four official “dark sky” U.S. national parks. The others are Big Bend National Park (Texas), Death Valley National Park (California), and Natural Bridges National Monument (Utah). Chaco was recognized as a “dark sky” park in 2013, but the celebration had to be postponed because of the government shutdown in fall 2013. The Chaco Culture National Historical Park International Dark Sky Park Application has a wealth of information about the requirements to be recognized as a “dark sky” site, and includes information about the ancient practices and traditions of astronomy at Chaco.


Radioactive Leak At WIPP Was Preventable, Report Says“ – NPR

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management Accident Investigation Report says the release of radioactive material into the environment from the Feb. 14 accident at the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., could have been prevented. The accident at the nuclear waste dump that resulted in the contamination of 21 workers resulted in part from "poor management, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper training and oversight," the report concludes. – 4/24/14