Otero Mesa bore hole defunded

Otero Mesa bore hole defunded

Many Otero County residents breathed a sigh of relief in May when the U.S. Department of Energy withdrew its proposal to drill a 3-mile borehole in Otero Mesa to research the storage of radioactive waste. 

The DOE had identified five potential sites for its test site, one in Otero County. The other possible locations were in Quay County, New Mexico, Pecos County, Texas, and two South Dakota counties. 

The test would require drilling a 8.5-inch-diameter hole down 16,000 feet. If that were successful, they would attempt an 18-inch hole — also 3 miles deep. The object of drilling the larger borehole would be to determine if the hole is straight enough to accept nuclear waste canisters all the way down. 

Wolf plan a path to extinction

Wolf plan a path to extinction

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was required last year by court order to produce a new wolf-recovery plan to update the one that has been in place since 1982.

The new draft was released to the public on June 29. The new draft concedes authority to the states of New Mexico, Arizona and the country of Mexico to “determine the timing, location and circumstances of releasing wolves into the wild within their respective states.”

NM Groups Glad Methane-Waste Rule is Safe, for Now

NM Groups Glad Methane-Waste Rule is Safe, for Now

Albuquerque, NM – Last week, with three Republicans siding with Democrats, the U.S. Senate narrowly halted a bid to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s natural-gas waste rule. But that doesn’t mean the rule’s fate has been decided. Comments from Mona Blaber (BLAY-ber), communications coordinator, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter.