pollution


V.29 No.3 | 1/16/2020
Like a white flag waving, it’s time to surrender our bags.
Dan Pennington

Food for Thought

It’s Time To Let Go of Bags

Plastic bag ban is step in right direction for city

Many don’t remember, but there was a time in New Mexico history when people said the state bird was a plastic bag, because wherever you went, you would be sure to see one lazily drifting through the sky, hanging in a tree and flapping its metaphorical wings noisily above the streets.
V.28 No.45 | 11/7/2019
gas refinery?
Courtesy Enterprise Products L.P.

New Mexico News

Oil and Gas Regulations Rebuffed

NMENV Takes on Trump’s EPA

Weekly Alibi had a conversation with New Mexico Environment Department Environmental Protection Division Director Sandra Ely about natural gas and the rollback of pollution regulations.
V.28 No.22 | 5/30/2019
United States Energy Association

Environment

Let’s Get Polluted!

Methane emissions are concerning

A report published by the Environmental Defense Fund in April 2019 suggests that current EPA reporting of methane emissions is off by a factor of five, and the waste of leaking the greenhouse pollutant costs New Mexico about $43 million in lost tax and royalty revenue.
V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
Deb Haaland meets with children
Eric Williams Photography

On Assignment

Haaland on Climate Disruption

Rep’s appearance at film festival emphasizes emergency

US Representative Deb Haaland advocated small changes in personal usage at the Climate Disruption Film Festival, but but where were the millennials?
V.28 No.15 | 4/11/2019

Letters

The readers write about pollution.
V.28 No.14 | 4/4/2019
Natural gas flaring in the Permian Basin
Courtesy Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media

Environment

Methane Goes Boom!

Profitable wells equal global warming

On a late March weekend, State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard headed out to the Permian Basin to visit oil wells on state trust lands. Not one facility visited didn’t have visible (with a FLIR camera) emissions pouring out from pipes or seeping out of valves.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019

News Feature

The Fractured Earth

Fracking bill would stop drilling to investigate process

We asked citizen activists who had been at the Senate Conservation Committee hearing on SB 459 to stop by Alibi HQ and spend the morning telling us why fracking is so dang bad for New Mexico.
V.28 No.5 | 1/31/2019
A wind farm in eastern New Mexico
El Cabo Wind Farm

News Commentary

Renew that Energy, New Mexicans!

Renewable Portfolio Standard should change

Under proposed legislation, the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard would be revised to require public utilities like PNM to get more of their resources from renewable sources like solar and wind. Weekly Alibi chats about it with Ben Shelton, the political and legislative director of New Mexico Conservation Voters.
V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
EDB in shallow groundwater at Kirtland AFB
[click to enlarge]
NMENV

Editorial

Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill Update

New plans and protests in process

ABCWUA criticizes KAFB for its new strategy's less aggressive plan to remove the jet fuel contaminants from the city's aquifer.
V.27 No.7 | 2/15/2018
Oil wells in southeastern New Mexico
Laura Paskus

Environment

More Oil, More Gas, Please

Relaxed regs coincide with increased revenue

Proposed changes to construction permits for oil and gas facilities will help production and state revenues but do not address methane leaks.
V.26 No.26 | 6/29/2017
Natural gas production facilities, San Juan Basin, New Mexico
Photo by Shaun Stanley via PBS

Environment

Our Very Own Methane Cloud

N.M.’s gas and oil industries equal pollution

The methane cloud over New Mexico’s San Juan Basin is the largest area of elevated methane concentration ever measured in the US. With the BLM and EPA having recently suspended the standards to limit the pollution and waste from natural gas mining, it is now up to New Mexico's leaders.
V.26 No.16 | 4/20/2017

News Editorial

Clean Power Battle Plan Rages

New Mexico’s Attorney General joins the fight

EPA leadership change has it trying to stop its own court case and the states suing to continue it.
V.25 No.51 | 12/22/2016
Natural Gas metering devices in urban Albuquerque

Newscity

It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas

Methane rule smells surprisingly sweet

States pick sides, with their economies at stake, in the battle over the proposed Methane Waste and Prevention Rule.
V.25 No.50 | 12/15/2016
Bulk Fuels Facility Project
Photo courtesy Kirtland AFB Bulk Fuels Facility Project

News Feature

Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill Update

Fourth well under construction

A fourth extraction well is being built to filter ethylene dibromide, one of the most concerning contaminants from the Kirtland jet fuel spill, out of the groundwater.
V.25 No.16 | 4/21/2016
hazard
Illo by Brie Macquarrie

Environment

Keep It Wet & Sludgy

Albuquerque’s water supply is not only limited, but also at risk of contamination.