Bill seeks to cancel pit waste rule

The Santa Fe New Mexican A Republican legislator from northwestern New Mexico’s oil-and-gas-rich San Juan Basin is sponsoring a bill to rescind a controversial rule by the state Oil Conservation Division that tightened pit waste regulations. Waste products produced during the drilling and pumping process are stored in pits. The OCD claims unlined pits have […]

Lawmakers shouldn’t sneak compensation

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There he sits, does Bulldog Bill, glowering. Looking every bit like the mascot on the beer can. The governor is not a happy man. The Legislature has done him wrong. There is, however, just the tease of a wry smile as Gov. Bill Richardson awaits legislative bills requiring his signed […]

Don’t ignore lobbyists’ gift in Legislature

Ned Cantwell New Mexico lobbyists, I’ve always thought, were nothing more than paid beggars. To my mind, the only thing that separated them from the guy on the street corner with a “hungry-need-work” sign is they wore nicer clothes. What I’ve always thought was if there came a day when I had to decide between […]