June 15, 2017

Fire Restrictions implemented on three Cibola Forest districts -- KOB

The U.S. Forest Service is implementing Stage I fire restrictions on three New Mexico districts in the Cibola Forest, officials said Thursday.

Officials said record warm temperatures and exceptionally dry fuel moisture levels are expected to increase the fire danger level significantly this week, causing  Stage I fire restrictions to be implemented in parts of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

The fire restrictions will be effective on the following dates:

  • Mt. Taylor Ranger District – June 16, 2017
  • Mountainair Ranger District – June 15, 2017
  • Sandia Ranger District – June 23, 2017

 

Feds put brakes on methane regulation -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The Trump administration has dealt its largest blow yet to Obama-era oil and gas drilling regulations, announcing one rule requiring operators to curb methane pollution won’t take effect until at least 2019 and that another methane rule is being suspended indefinitely.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Land Management, published notice Wednesday that a methane rule for drilling on federal and tribal land will be put on hold until litigation challenging the regulation has been resolved in court.

The notice came less than 24 hours after the Environmental Protection Agency announced that its implementation of a methane rule for operators on private land will be stayed for two years to give the agency time to reconsider the regulation and solicit additional public comment. The EPA had issued a 90-day hold in June.