climate change

Increased New Mexico earthquakes likely tied to oil and gas industry

Earthquake activity has increased dramatically in southern New Mexico likely due to injection wells in the Permian Basin. These are used to store wastewater that comes is produced during oil and gas drilling. Jerry Redfern covers the industry here for Capital & Main and he broke that story.

New Mexico Governor thanks oil & gas, cheers hydrogen plans

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is thanking attendees of the New Mexico Oil And Gas Association’s annual meeting for their contributions to the economy. Fossil fuel mining is the largest government revenue source and directly funds education. Lujan Grisham also pledges to continue stricter

‘Unhealthy’ air quality hits Albuquerque from California

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Waking up on Sunday morning hazy skies were apparent around Albuquerque. “We’re having a lot of smoke today from California wildfires, and it’s pretty bad. We are in the unhealthy-for-everyone group, as far as air quality goes,” said Jeff Stonesifer who oversees air pollution programming for Albuquerque.

Belen seeks emergency declaration after devastating flooding

BELEN, N.M. — The Belen mayor said state reps are there this week assessing the damage to see if they can issue an emergency declaration after the city saw major flooding last week. Exactly a week ago, intense rain caused major flooding and damage to more than a thousand structures in

NM politicians split on future of gas and oil industry

Politicians from both sides of the aisle are now coming out against President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s pause on new oil and gas leases. Some Democrat lawmakers showed their support. This is on federal lands and waters and the issue impacts New Mexico.

Gov. Lujan Grisham signs emergency declaration for Roswell

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the City of Roswell. Last Wednesday, she had signed similar orders for Lincoln and Chaves counties following severe flooding.