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PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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Public News Service - NM: Energy Policy

New Mexico conservationists are worried about taking public lands out of public hands. (Creative Commons/Flikr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – About 30 percent of New Mexico state trust lands have been sold over the years, and a new report shows why that long-term trend is a concern for sportsmen and conservation groups. The Wilderness Society report says privatization means when people go hunting, fishing, hiking

Navajo leaders want the BLM to halt new exploration near Chaco Culture National Historic Park until an environmental study is done. (National Park Service)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Navajo leaders are expected to speak today at a committee hearing at the Roundhouse on oil and gas drilling near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. They support an advisory measure before the House Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources that would ask the

NASA graphics show a methane gas cloud hovering over the Four Corners area. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to kill a federal rule meant to reduce methane pollution. (NASA)

SANTA FE, N.M. - The U.S. House of Representatives today is slated to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule, which requires drilling companies to capture excess methane at oil and gas wells on public land rather than burn or vent it into the atmosphere. The Obama-era rule went i

Energy from the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station is at the center of a case before the New Mexico Supreme Court tomorrow. (Wild Earth Guardians via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The state Supreme Court will hear a case tomorrow pitting renewable-energy advocates against the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and PNM, the state's biggest utility. At issue is whether the PRC was right to grant PNM permission to buy more coal and nuclear power versus in

Faith leaders across the Southwest are praising the administration's new rules limiting the burning, venting or leaking of methane gas. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SANTE FE, N.M. – More than two dozen faith leaders from New Mexico and across the Southwest released a letter today thanking President Obama and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for putting new controls on the release of natural gas at oil and gas well sites. The Bureau of Land Managemen

Advocates from Juntos: Our Air Our Water today are presenting petitions to the Environment Department calling for a move toward more clean energy. (New Mexico League of Conservation Voters)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Advocates with a group called Juntos: Our Air Our Water today are delivering 2,000 petition signatures to the Environment Department asking that the state move toward a clean energy economy and protect public lands despite the election of Donald Trump as president. During the

The Bureau of Land Management has finalized a rule to cut down on methane gas wasted at oil and gas well sites through processes such as flaring and venting. (Mason Cummings/The Wilderness Society)

SANTA FE, N.M. - In these waning days of the Obama administration, the Bureau of Land Management just finalized a new set of rules to cut down on natural-gas emissions at well sites on public land. Studies have shown that gas valued at about $330 million is wasted each year through leaks, venting a

Sierra Club volunteers Tom Gorman and Michael Melendrez canvas the neighborhood encouraging residents to vote. (Susan Martin/Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – With only four days left before the election, conservation groups are fanning out across the state, going door to door, promoting clean water and climate issues and encouraging New Mexicans to make their voice heard on Tuesday. The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter has dozens

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