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.

Rejected fracking ban may cost NM county ‘hundreds of thousands’ in legal fees

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Finances, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Rob Nikolewski

After seeing its controversial fracking ban tossed out of court, the taxpayers of Mora County may be on the hook for thousands of dollars in legal fees

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Obama may try to bypass Congress on Alaska wilderness plan

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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President Obama wants 12.8 million acres in Alaska declared as wilderness areas and it looks like his administration can block off a large portion, even if Congress does not give approval.

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No fracking? Then no bonds, New Mexico bill says

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A bill introduced in the New Mexico Legislature would cut off state severance tax bonds to communities that ban or greatly restrict extractive industries.

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Not much ‘energy’ in Obama’s State of the Union address

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama didn’t say much about oil and gas production, mentioning the word “energy” just twice.

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As gas prices drop for 16th week, state budget directors scramble

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, Wyoming  /  No Comments

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Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it’s a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Blowin’ in the wind: Offshore wind projects still offline

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Massachusetts, News, Rhode Island, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The pullout by two major investors to the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts has raised questions about future offshore wind projects in the U.S.

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