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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


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Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - NM: Energy Policy

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has committed to developing regulations aimed at strengthening environmental regulations governing the fossil-fuel industry. (Lujan Grisham/Twitter)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico lawmakers will be asked to amend the state's 2019 Oil and Gas Act when the Legislature convenes Jan. 19. The proposed revision would prohibit the discharge of "produced water," the flowback from fracking known to contain dangerous chemicals and heavy metals toxic to

Five New Mexico counties that are home to 97% of the state's oil and gas wells are all at risk of violating federal ozone standards. (sciencemag.org)

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SANTA FE, N.M. -- Environmentalists in New Mexico celebrated progress made during the Obama administration to stop pollution from oil and gas. But President Donald Trump gutted those rules, and conservationists say that's why the state needs its own robust safeguards. Camilla Feibelman, director o

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly 913,000 people visited the Gila and San Francisco Rivers annually, according to a new study. (swnmaudubon.org)

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SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The Gila and San Francisco rivers in southwest New Mexico have been central to the state's history, and their designation as "Wild and Scenic" would boost future recreational activities and the local economy, according to a new report. The research shows water-related outdoor r

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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