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NM braces for methane rules

New rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to control methane emissions from oil and gas operations could have a huge impact in New Mexico. The EPA’s proposed regulations, to be finalized in 2016 after a year of public comment, would impose the nation’s first federal mandates on natural gas production to limit flaring and venting by ...

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Operator facing federal charges for deadly platform blast

NEW ORLEANS — Oil platform operator Black Elk Energy is facing federal criminal charges in connection with a November 2012 explosion off Louisiana’s coast that left three workers dead and others badly injured. Multiple media outlets report that U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr. of the Eastern District in Louisiana filed a six-count criminal complaint against Houston-based Black Elk Energy ...

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Review of spill damage urged

SANTA FE — Five state lawmakers are urging members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to pursue federal legislation that would mandate an independent review of the damage caused by 3 million gallons of mine waste spilling into a tributary of the Animas River and possibly provide financial compensation for affected communities and individuals. In a letter sent Tuesday, the five ...

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U.S. EPA releases plan to curtail methane emissions from oil, gas wells, pipelines, processing plants, storage facilities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed new federal rules to sharply cut methane emissions from drilling for natural gas and oil. The agency is seeking “a significant reduction” in methane from new and modified wells and new and modified transmission, processing and storage facilities over the next decade, said EPA spokeswoman Janet McCabe. The new rules will likely ...

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STW leases new water source

Oilfield water servicer STW Resources Holding Corp. announced today that its subsidiary, STW Water Process & Technologies, purchased a brackish water lease near Fort Stockton. The new water source, the company’s second lease, will play a key role in the company’s West Texas Water Project. STW specializes in water management, reclamation and remediation. Its water project aims to access “alternative” ...

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