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Water Used For Hydraulic Fracturing Varies Widely

on June 30, 2015 - 2:18pm
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The research found that water volumes for hydraulic fracturing averaged within watersheds across the United States range from as little as roughly 9,800 liters (2,600 gallons) to as much as 37 million liters (9.7 million gallons) per well.

Heavy Fuels Continue Burning In Commissary Fire

on June 30, 2015 - 8:01am


The lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is 13 miles to the east of Pecos, and two miles south of Barillas Peak.

Despite heavy rainstorms Saturday and a bit more rain early Sunday morning, heavy fuels in the interior of the fire continued to burn with a minimal amount of smoke. Total precipitation over the last 24 hours was reported at about a half inch.

Crews will continue chipping along the western boundary of Forest Road 66 in anticipation of the next opportunity to allow the fire to grow to meet resource objectives.

WIPP: Bryson Named Acting Manager For CBFO

on June 29, 2015 - 5:10pm
New Acting Manager of DOE Carlsbad Field Office Dana Bryson
WIPP News:

Mark Whitney, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), today named Dana Bryson the Acting Manager for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

He is replacing Joe Franco, who recently returned to a position in DOE’s Richland Operations Office in Washington. Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and served as the CBFO Deputy Manager since December 2013. 

Previously, Bryson was the Director of the River Corridor Division for DOE’s

Udall Discusses Critical Need To Address Youth Suicide In Native Communities

on June 29, 2015 - 4:08pm
WASHINGTON  Wednesday June 24, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Sen. Tom Udalldiscussed the critical need to address the high rate of suicide among Native American youth.
He questioned the acting director of the Indian Health Service, Tribal leaders and a Psychological and Developmental Sciences expert about improving desperately needed mental health services.
Udall highlighted some of the challenges facing New Mexico's Tribal communities and cited recent research by the University of New Mexico (UNM) on risk factors that may place Native youth at

Legal Agreement Reached To Reduce Power Plant Pollution Damaging Southwest’s National Parks

on June 29, 2015 - 12:35pm
NPCA News:
WASHINGTON  The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and other clean air advocates, represented by Earthjustice, reached an agreement today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owners of New Mexico’s Four Corners Power Plant to reduce the plant’s pollution and improve the health of surrounding communities and national parks.
“For far too long, the irresponsible management of Four Corners has denied the Navajo people the basic human right to clean, healthy air in our communities,” said Lori Goodman, board member of Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our

Kids Count Conference Welcomes Sen. Heinrich

on June 29, 2015 - 12:29pm
NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, who will unveil new legislation that he is sponsoring in Congress, will be among the speakers at today's 3rd Annual KIDS COUNT Conference presented by New Mexico Voices for Children.
The theme of this year’s conference is Child Well-Being: A 2-Generation Approach.
There is a full slate of speakers for the day-long event, which includes the presentation of the 21st annual Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards, a special screening of the documentary on child abuse, Everyone’s Business: Protecting our Children, and a panel on child abuse, which