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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NM: Energy Policy

The now-ousted acting director of the Bureau of Land Management uprooted all but 61 of the agency's Washington, D.C.-based staffers to a facility in Grand Junction, Colo. (blm.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Bureau of Land Management says it will challenge a judge's ruling that ousted William Perry Pendley as director of the agency last week. In the meantime, Pendley is still at the agency, and influencing BLM policies. For the past few years, the Trump administration has avoid

A bill to prevent any future leasing or mineral development on federal lands within a 10-mile radius around Chaco National Historical Park passed in the U.S. House earlier this year, but stalled in the Senate. (riograndesierraclub.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Tomorrow is the final day to comment on a controversial plan that allows for thousands of new oil and gas drilling sites in New Mexico's historic Greater Chaco region. The plan is opposed by dozens of conservation groups, New Mexico tribes, communities and citizens who have asked

Conservation groups argue that selling even more oil and gas leases on public lands will deprive communities of significant tax revenue that could be generated by hunting, fishing, or other uses. (Creative Commons)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sportswomen with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) say new sales of oil and gas leases on public lands will hurt Western communities. But that didn't stop the Trump administration from resuming the sales this week after a five-month pause. Today, the U.S. Bureau of Land M

The solar industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, but systems purchased and installed in New Mexico before Dec. 31, 2027, are eligible for a 10% tax credit. (riograndesierraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- All eyes are on New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission this week in anticipation of a decision on how to replace energy from the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station. The station, located in San Juan County, is set to retire in 2022. The commission's hearing examiners r

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

The Bureau of Land Management is proceeding with plans to lease more New Mexico public lands to the oil and gas industry, despite the recent energy market collapse. (sej.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Despite a global pandemic, it's down to the wire for New Mexico residents who want to comment on the May sale of oil and gas leases by the Bureau of Land Management. Wednesday is the end of a 10-day protest. The BLM typically requires that comments be delivered in person or by ma

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

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has proposed nearly 100 environmental rollbacks. (FullThrottle6969/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In order to speed up construction of infrastructure and energy-development projects, the Trump administration has proposed controversial revisions to a landmark environmental law. And some fear the changes will have devastating consequences. The National Environmental Policy Act

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