August 17, 2016

State OKs energy contract for possible Facebook move to NM -- Albuquerque Journal

State regulators today approved a special services contract between Facebook and Public Service Company of New Mexico, bringing a proposed Los Lunas data center one step closer to fruition.

In a unanimous vote, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved the application, which outlines how the state’s largest utility would supply power to the data center. -- 8/17/2016


Public notice ordered for Augustin Plain water plan -- Albuquerque Journal

A controversial proposal to pump 54,000 acre-feet of water each year from the Augustin Plains of west-central New Mexico up to the Middle Rio Grande Valley is a step closer to public hearings.

The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer has notified the Augustin Plains Ranch, the commercial venture behind the water-transfer plan, to publish a public notice of its application to pump and transport the water. That sets the stage for public hearings to be held after the public has had the opportunity to object to the plan. -- 8/17/2016


Navajo Nation sues feds over massive 2015 mine waste spill– Las Cruces Sun News

Leaders of one of the nation's largest American Indian tribes blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as their attorneys sued Tuesday (Case 1:16-cv-00931),claiming negligence in the cleanup of a massive mine waste spill that tainted rivers in three Western states. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye stood on the bank of the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico and explained his people's link to the water and the economic, cultural and psychological damage inflicted in the wake of the August 2015 spill in southwestern Colorado. - - 8/17/2016