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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


A day in court for the alleged Florida school shooter; also on our nationwide rundown; a 24 hour hotline "reignited" to support immigrants; plus a new study finds prescription drugs in the Hudson River from Troy all the way down to New York City.

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Public News Service - NM: Energy Policy

Two units have been shut down at New Mexico's coal-fired San Juan Generating Station as of Dec. 31, 2017.  (sierraclub.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. — A bill that would allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to issue bonds to pay for the shutdown of its coal-fired plants in the Four Corners region goes to the Conservation Committee at the Roundhouse tomorrow. Critics say Senate Bill 47 allows PNM to pass-on the $350 mi

New Mexico's Public Regulatory Commission is scheduled to decide if a 9 percent utility rate hike will take effect this month. (nativenewsonline.net)

SANTA FE, N.M. – A continuing dispute over rate hikes by Public Service Company of New Mexico is back before the Public Regulation Commission tomorrow. PNM had planned to use a January 1 ratepayer hike to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades at its Four Corners plant until the

The New Year brings at least one more round of litigation as states such as New Mexico fight the Trump administration's suspension of methane waste rules on public and tribal lands. (Environmental Defense Fund)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The back and forth litigation about requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the amount of methane they release into the atmosphere in New Mexico promises to continue in 2018. The Waste Prevention Rule written two years ago directed companies to reduce emissions and was s

Small businesses warn their local economies could suffer if national monument designations are altered by the Trump administration.  (lascrucescvb.org)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Before merchants ready their wares for "Small Business Saturday" on November 25, they want the Trump administration to know that proposed changes to America's national monuments could hurt their future profits. A letter from chambers of commerce and 600 rural businesses ha

New Mexico's Sandoval County Commissioners will face tough opposition when they meet Nov. 16 to pass an ordinance on oil and gas drilling. (resource-media.org)

BERNALILLO, N.M. - Opponents of an ordinance to allow more oil and gas drilling in Sandoval County say amendments are needed to strengthen the permitting process and protect the area's drinking water. The county commissioners will meet November 16 to review an ordinance that would grant the county

Environmental watchdogs say about 32,000 New Mexico children attend schools and daycare centers within a half-mile of oil and gas production facilities. (fracktracker.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As the Environmental Protection Agency backs away from limiting toxic emissions from oil and gas wells, environmental groups are stepping up calls to limit the pollution. The groups Earthworks and Moms Clean Air Force have released an updated version of their interactive

New Mexico could adopt a clean-energy standard to address climate change at the same time the federal government plans to boost coal production. (climatewest.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - People who want New Mexico to have its own clean-energy standard are making their case today to the state's Public Regulation Commission. Supporters say it would help the state determine its role in addressing climate change. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office and consumer ad

One of the largest oil and gas companies in the United States plans to drill in New Mexico's Permian Basin, and says it will follow Obama-era rules about capturing methane. (NOAA)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Interior Department wants to delay an Obama administration directive requiring energy companies to reduce methane emissions at drilling sites on federal lands. But one company with plans to drill in New Mexico says it will capture methane emissions with or without regulation

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