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Company looks at Carlsbad to build railroad trans-loading facility

CARLSBAD – One company is considering building a railroad trans-loading facility in Carlsbad. Northern White Sand, a subsidiary company to Eagle Materials, is currently in the process of doing a feasibility study for building a sand unloading station in Carlsbad. Rail cars would bring sand in from mines the company owns, then transfer the sand to customer’s trucks. Representatives from ...

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Carlsbad moves ahead with plan to ease housing shortage

CARLSBAD, N.M. — The Carlsbad City Council has approved a zoning change that officials are hoping will help ease a housing shortage caused by the oil boom. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the zoning change will allow for developers to build an apartment complex on two lots that were previously zoned for commercial use. California-based Silverado Land Company has plans to ...

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Are oilfield thefts on the rise?

The Permian Basin may have a modern day version of Bonnie and Clyde on their hands after multiple oil field thefts have been reported to authorities recently in a three-county area of West Texas. The thefts have gotten so staggering that the El Paso division of the FBI has been brought in to help identify stolen oilfield equipment and suspects. ...

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Residents complain of foul smell

Some West Odessa residents are complaining of headaches and nausea, but no environmental agencies are looking into the oilfield waste landfill that many say is contributing to the symptoms. Joe Mendoza, 28, lives in the neighborhood just west of South Westcliff Road, and said the Tervita landfill looming over the residents sends strong fumes over all the houses. “I work ...

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Roof collapses raise more safety questions at WIPP

In mid-January, a block of salt ceiling — an 8-foot-by-8-foot square, 2 feet thick — came crashing down at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant nuclear waste repository. No one was injured, and no waste containers were damaged. But the roof collapse offered a reminder of the dangers lurking underground at the plant, where hundreds of drums of radioactive waste, packed ...

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Snyder: Oil downturn bad for economy, good for housing

SNYDER – House-hunters in Scurry County might finally have a chance now. A downturn in the oil market has not exactly opened up a flood of options in Snyder’s otherwise-tight housing market, but has arguably made the house- or apartment-search slightly less frustrating. The town’s La Posada apartment complex, for instance, finally has a unit available for rent. One vacancy ...

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El Paso County residents say they intend to seek injunction to halt wind farm construction

Eastern El Paso County residents say they intend to file for an injunction to try to halt the construction of a controversial wind farm project until their lawsuit is heard. Nearly 200 angry and emotional residents filled the Falcon Fire Station on Tuesday evening to learn more about a lawsuit that their neighbors filed against the El Paso County commissioners ...

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Xcel to add solar power to its New Mexico-Texas portfolio

ROSWELL, N.M. — Two planned solar generating stations are expected to boost Xcel Energy’s renewable energy portfolio for electric customers in New Mexico and Texas. The utility announced Thursday it has signed power purchase agreements with affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources, which plans to build solar farms near Roswell. The agreements require the approval of the New Mexico Public Regulation ...

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NMSU researcher creates material to help slow climate change

A New Mexico State University researcher has invented a new material he says can effectively capture and remove carbon dioxide from the air, a critical step in slowing climate change. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas, along with methane, that climate scientists blame for a global warming trend. Removing carbon dioxide generated by burning fossil fuels, especially in power ...

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Explosion kills oil field worker in southeastern New Mexico

HOBBS, N.M. — An explosion at an oil field site in southeastern New Mexico has killed one worker and injured another. Authorities say preliminary information indicated the explosion occurred Wednesday in southern Lea County while the workers were loading material into a pipe being installed into a drilling pipe. The county Sheriff’s Department said the victims were struck by metal ...

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