November 15, 2016

Interior Department Announces Final Rule to Reduce Methane Emissions & Wasted Gas on Public, Tribal Lands -- Interior Department Announcement

Final Rule Limits Venting, Flaring and Leaking from Oil & Gas Operations to Reduce Waste and Harmful Emissions, Provide Fair Return to Taxpayers

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule – a final rule that will reduce the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and Indian lands. The rule updates 30-year old regulations governing venting, flaring, and leaks of natural gas, and will help curb waste of public resources, reduce harmful methane emissions, and provide a fair return on public resources for federal taxpayers, tribes and states. -- 11/15/2016


New Mexico starts issuing Real ID-compliant licenses -- Albuquerque Journal

The state on Monday began issuing Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses along with driving authorization cards, drawing immediate complaints that it is overreaching in what’s being required for the cards.

The new, two-tiered licensing system implements a law passed during this year’s legislative session and signed by the governor in March.

Under the new law, U.S. citizens and others here lawfully have the option of getting licenses that comply with the stricter identification requirements of the federal Real ID law, which are required to enter some secure federal facilities, and, eventually, will be required to board airliners.

Undocumented immigrants – along with any citizens who prefer not to have Real ID-compliant licenses – are able to get driver’s authorization cards.

New Mexicans don’t have to get the new licenses or authorization cards until their current licenses expire – unless that’s after 2020.  -- 11/15/2016

The new system was rolled out without fanfare and apparently caused some confusion. It was implemented a day before the regulations for the new program became effective, according to the Taxation and Revenue Department.


Army Corps Of Engineers Wants Further Study Of Dakota Access Pipeline -- NPR Morning Edition

Native Americans and supporters fighting the pipeline got a reprieve on Monday when the Army Corps of Engineers delayed a key decision on whether to let construction go ahead. -- 11/15/2016