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New Mexico water supplies face increasing risks from fracking

OIL AND GAS: New Mexico’s unique geology and recent surge in oil and gas production put it at serious risk for water pollution from fracking, experts say. (Los Angeles Times)

• Despite the recent boom, many Texas colleges are struggling to recruit students for their oil and gas programs. (Marketplace)
• Currently the nation’s largest exporter of crude oil, the Port of Corpus Christi is booming, but its future depends on whether $200 million in federal funds can be secured to deepen and widen its ship channel. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
• A preliminary report by federal safety investigators indicates gas leaks were detected in a Dallas neighborhood nearly two months before a home explosion killed a 12-year-old girl. (Associated Press)
• The surge in oil and gas production in New Mexico is only just beginning, industry officials say. (Albuquerque Journal)

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RENEWABLES: The Arizona governor signs a bill into law that will allow utilities to avoid clean energy mandates with nominal penalties, setting the stage for a likely lawsuit from clean energy advocates (Arizona Republic)

• Labor union leaders in Nevada are gearing up to oppose a ballot initiative to bring competition to the state’s electricity market. (Nevada Independent)
Nevada regulators approve a request by the state’s largest electric provider to lower rates by $83 million as result of federal tax cuts. (Nevada Appeal)

• A Chicago clean energy company has dropped out of an Oklahoma wind group over allegations by a state lawmaker that the industry put a tracking device on his truck. (The Oklahoman)
• Faced with opposition from landowners in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Energy pulls out of an agreement with a Houston company to develop a 700-mile transmission line project to deliver wind from Oklahoma to Tennessee and beyond. (Reuters)
• Oklahoma lawmakers predict the state will be sued if it passes a bill aimed at capping tax credits for the wind industry. (The Oklahoman)

SOLAR: A 70 megawatt solar project is set to begin operations in northwest Arizona (The Standard Business)

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COAL: The head of Colorado’s mining trade group declares the “war on coal” is over. (Steamboat Pilot)

• Consumers should recognize that wind energy has environmental tradeoffs, says the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
• Intel Corp.’s global general manager of energy says solar energy and smart homes complement each other and Texas should be getting more of both. (Trib Talk)
The president of the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association disputes arguments that the industry is undertaxed. (The Journal Record)

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