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Drilling Deep

In this KUNM series, reporter Laura Paskus explores natural gas drilling and the burgeoning oil industry in northwestern New Mexico--its benefits, impacts, and future. Funding provided by the New Venture Fund.

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Voices From Drilling Deep: Mike Eisenfeld

While reporting this series, it's really easy to end up with more voices and moments than can ever be plopped into the four-minute feature stories that air on KUNM . That's why o ver the course of this project, I'll be sharing some of those moments with you online. In December, I met up with Mike Eisenfeld with the San Juan Citizen's Alliance. The alliance is one of the groups that is asking the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to hold off on approving new permits for oil wells until it can study the impact new development will have on water and air, landscapes, and nearby communities. We drove around looking at some of the new wells being drilled in Counselor, New Mexico. These are some of the sights we saw -- and Eisenfeld explains what we're seeing.


21 Jan 2015

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Remember That Huge Methane Plume?

In 2014, NASA announced they’d found that the largest plume of methane gas in North America was right here in New Mexico. At the time, scientists didn’t know exactly where the methane was coming from – but now they’ve completed some research and published their findings .


24 Aug 2016

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Gas Flaring Does More Than Light Up the Skies

Away from any cities or streetlights, the nights here at Chaco Culture National Historic Park are dark. Looking up, it takes a little longer than usual to spot even the most familiar constellations. That’s because there are so many more stars visible across Orion’s shoulders or surrounding Gemini’s twins.


12 Sep 2015

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Enviro Group Says Methane Rules Could Curb Smog

The Obama Administration recently proposed new standards that would reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations across the country, and environmental advocates say the new rules could have some health benefits for people living near gas wells.


19 Aug 2015

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Drilling Opponents Want BLM To Consider Cumulative Effects

There used to be big talk about a big boom coming to the San Juan Basin. Industry thought they’d sink 20,000 new oil wells. Companies wanted to take advantage of oil deposits squeezed into tiny fissures in tight shale deep underground.


1 Jul 2015

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