June 1, 2015

Population growth makes Las Cruces one of the 300 largest cities in the U.S. – Las Cruces Sun News

U.S. Census estimates Las Cruces now has 101,408 residents. Las Cruces is still growing, albeit slowly, and has earned a spot on the Top 300 cities list, according the U.S. Census Bureau. Las Cruces now has an approximate population of 101,408. That's just a bit more than 101,378 the Census Bureau estimated a year ago.

But what is surprising to some longtime residents is that Las Cruces is one of the 300 largest cities in the U.S. The city's population now ranks Las Cruces 294 out of 752 U.S. cities that have populations of 50,000 residents or more. There are more than 19,000 communities in the United States that are designated as cities, towns or villages, according to the National League of Cities. –6/1/2015


Report knocks opposition to Clean Power Plan -- Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico environmental officials are among others in two dozen states pushing back against proposed federal restrictions on emissions from existing power plants. Without state support, the proposed Clean Power Plan won’t reduce carbon dioxide emissions the way the Obama administration hopes it will, according to a new report released by the nonprofit Brookings Institute. -- 5/31/2015


Report: Fracking pushes New Mexico’s natural gas production to 27th in worldSanta Fe New Mexican

Fracking and other drilling innovations helped boost New Mexico’s importance as a supplier of natural gas, an industry group says, though depressed prices recently have slowed production in the state.

Using data from 2012, the most recent year for which consistent international data are available, a new report from the American Petroleum Institute ranked the state 27th in the world and seventh in the United States as a source of natural gas.

A little more than 3 billion cubic feet a day of dry natural gas were produced in New Mexico that year, mostly from the San Juan Basin in the state’s northwestern corner. The state’s production was just slightly behind Arkansas, but well ahead of Oman and Venezuela. – 5/28/2015