Rob Nikolewski is the National Energy Correspondent for Watchdog.org. He is based in Santa Fe, N.M. Contact him at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @NMWatchdog.

Commission rescinds nation’s most controversial fracking ban

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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A fracking ban that may cost a small county in New Mexico thousands in court costs has been rescinded.

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In a low-price world, pain, but no panic, for small oil producers

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Small oil companies have had to cut costs and enhance efficiency to survive in the current, low-price environment.

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Could a nuclear deal with Iran threaten the US oil boom?

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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A potential agreement with Iran on nuclear talks will lead to a further drop in global oil prices and could threaten U.S. oil producers.

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Pull the plug? Coal gasification plants experience budget woes

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Indiana, Mississippi, National, News  /  No Comments

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Two coal gasification projects are running way over budget and another $2.8 billion plant has been cancelled.

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Solar and wind energy pack a wallop — in federal subsidies

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Finances, National  /  No Comments

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A study by the nonpartisan Energy Information Administration shows that the solar and wind industries receive the most in federal subsidies among energy sources.

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War is hell: The losers in the global oil price war

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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Make no mistake, there is an oil price war going on across the globe.

And as Peter Tertzakian, chief energy economist and managing director at Canada’s ARC Financial, says, there are casualties in wars.

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