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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


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It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - NM: Toxics

Opponents of new oil and gas leases presented 33,000 public protests to New Mexico lawmakers at the Roundhouse in 2019. (wildearthguardians.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A federal judge is requiring the Bureau of Land Management to reinstate a rule that limits methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Residents of Western states who fought for the rule are praising the decision, although they assume the ruling will be appealed. The Trump

New Mexico, New Hampshire and Massachusetts lack state regulations to control discharges into rivers and streams, making them completely dependent on federal clean-water protections. (riograndesierraclub.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A proposal to abolish limits on how much pollution can be dumped into small streams and wetlands was challenged this week by conservation groups. The legal challenge could open a major court battle over what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say clean-water p

New Mexico is one of the nation's top three oil and gas producers, and new state rules to limit methane emissions are expected by the end of the year. (sierragrandesierraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- This is the last day for New Mexico residents to have their say before draft rules are written by the state to govern methane emissions. The state's energy and environment departments have held public listening sessions for several months, and are expected to draft new rules f

Pecos, N.M., residents fear a new mining operation in the area could harm the environment and possibly contaminate the village water supply.  (nps.gov)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A mining proposal near New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness is getting pushback from local residents, who have four weeks to submit comments to the U.S. Forest Service. The Stop Tererro Mine Coalition opposes plans by New World Cobalt, an Australian mining company, to explore for precious

Any of 536 different fracking chemicals used in New Mexico could be found in

SANTA FE, N.M. – What is known as "produced water" from oil and gas development in New Mexico will total more than 40 billion gallons this year, and many would like to see it treated and used in place of water from aquifers or surface water. Some residents fear that water from fracking could h

State economists say New Mexico state government is increasingly reliant on surging income from the oil and natural gas sectors. (progressnownm.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico's oil and gas industry is currently providing the state's economy with a historic financial boost, but conservation groups worry about its transparency – and whether a pledge to reduce methane emissions is sincere. Lucas Herndon, deputy managing director

A new poll shows nearly two-thirds of New Mexicans support broader regulations to put a declining limit on carbon emissions in order to move towards a 100% clean economy. (cleaneconomycenter.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico residents say they're ready for strong action to combat climate change, according to a new poll. Anna Greenberg, managing partner at Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, says two-thirds of 500 likely general election voters surveyed in July said they support a

Operator data from New Mexico's Oil Conservation Division shows that venting by the oil and gas industry increased by 56% and flaring by 117%, in 2018. (Wild Earth Guardians)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico residents are having their say this month about state regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham committed to implement rules that would lead the nation as part of her election campaign. Ahead of public hearings, the New

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