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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2018 


As the DOJ tries a rare direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on DACA, a new report says border patrol agents have been vandalizing water left for migrants; also, on today's rundown a labor dispute in Minnesota could affect Super Bowl week; and the Interior decision nears on sage-grouse plans.

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Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

The New Year brings at least one more round of litigation as states such as New Mexico fight the Trump administration's suspension of methane waste rules on public and tribal lands. (Environmental Defense Fund)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The back and forth litigation about requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the amount of methane they release into the atmosphere in New Mexico promises to continue in 2018. The Waste Prevention Rule written two years ago directed companies to reduce emissions and was s

The U.S. Interior Department recommends changing the proclamation for two national monuments in Mew Mexico but not shrinking them in size. IN(hcn.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After a controversial review of federal lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said definitively on Tuesday that New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments would not be reduced in size. In a call with reporters, Zinke said

The large populations of gray wolves that once roamed the Southwest were killed off because of the threat they posed to cattle ranchers. (earthjustice.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Several advocate groups have filed an intent to sue the U.S. government over the Mexican gray wolf recovery plan released last week. They now have 60 days to submit the paperwork. The goal set forth in the government's recovery plan is to have an average of 320 Mexican gray wo

Small businesses warn their local economies could suffer if national monument designations are altered by the Trump administration.  (lascrucescvb.org)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Before merchants ready their wares for "Small Business Saturday" on November 25, they want the Trump administration to know that proposed changes to America's national monuments could hurt their future profits. A letter from chambers of commerce and 600 rural businesses ha

Public comment on the Trump administration's plan to significantly raise entrance fees to some of the country's most popular national parks ends Nov. 23. (nationalparks.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Many New Mexicans who visit national parks could be priced out next summer. The U.S. Interior Department is taking comments until Nov. 23 on its proposal to more than double entry fees at 17 of the most popular national parks during the peak season. The department says

One of the largest oil and gas companies in the United States plans to drill in New Mexico's Permian Basin, and says it will follow Obama-era rules about capturing methane. (NOAA)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Interior Department wants to delay an Obama administration directive requiring energy companies to reduce methane emissions at drilling sites on federal lands. But one company with plans to drill in New Mexico says it will capture methane emissions with or without regulation

The Wilderness Society is warning that the Chihuahuan Desert Rivers near Carlsbad Caverns may be opened to more oil and gas drilling by the Bureau of Land Management. (nps.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new report, Too Wild to Drill, from The Wilderness Society says the damage and destruction that would be caused from extractive industries allowed on Chihuahuan Desert Rivers near Carlsbad Caverns would put southeast New Mexico's future at risk. The area is one of 15 id

A highly anticipated announcement last week did not shed any light on whether New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will be altered by the U.S. Interior Department.  (Northwest Progressive Institute)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Days after a highly anticipated report was delivered to President Donald Trump on the future of 27 national monuments, New Mexico politicians and conservation groups already are threatening lawsuits, even though the report remains shrouded in secrecy. After delivering the

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