V.29 No.3 | 1/16/2020
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
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
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
Eric Williams Photography
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.14 | 4/4/2019
Courtesy Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media
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
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
El Cabo Wind Farm
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
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
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
Photo by Shaun Stanley via PBS
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
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
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
Photo courtesy Kirtland AFB Bulk Fuels Facility Project
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
Illo by Brie Macquarrie
Keep It Wet & Sludgy
Albuquerque’s water supply is not only limited, but also at risk of contamination.