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September 22, 2014

"Quakes, methane production linked" -- Albuquerque Journal

The injection of huge amounts of wastewater – a byproduct of methane gas production – deep underground has led to a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes in the Raton Basin since 2001, according to a study published recently in a scientific journal.

In the 30 years leading up to the wastewater injection, the basin straddling the border of Colfax County in New Mexico and Colorado was seismically quiet, with just one significant earthquake. But since energy companies expanded coal-bed methane operations in 1999, seismic activity has gone way up, according to the study. -- 9/21/2014


"Prescription drug drop-offs not limited to yearly events" – Las Cruces Sun News

In the past, those with unused prescription drugs would need to wait for Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) take-back events to properly dispose of them, but now those unused prescription drugs can be dropped off throughout the year at specific facilities. Earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new regulation that would allow pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other collectors to serve as authorized drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs. -- 9-22-14