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Up to 32,000 customers across the state are doing without natural gas.
Originally posted by Jophiel
Originally posted by syncelebrity
its never that cold there. I have family worried living there!!! They are freaking out
very true, we were not expecting it to hit us this hard
and be this cold, my water has been frozen for a day
now, ice forming on the inside of my windows, despite
the heater being on, roads are really bad, i thought it
warm up today, the news said it would, but its just as cold
if not colder, only diffrence is there is no snow. now we
have this shortage.
PNM not planning outages - Someone claiming to be with PNM has been calling residents of the town of Bernalillo saying they may experience a power outage tonight. A spokesman for PNM says no such outages are planned.
Statement from Rep. Ben Ray Luján - "I have alerted FEMA, the White House, and a number of federal agencies of the seriousness of this emergency and urged them to take any action at their disposal to help New Mexicans get through this. I have also reached out to the National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Laboratory to ask them to limit the use of natural gas at LANL until we can restore heat to all our communities."
Officials call for electricity, gas conservation - El Paso Electric Company has notified the Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center that supply levels remain low throughout the region, and consumers are strongly encouraged to conserve power wherever possible. A decision will be made later today about whether El Paso Electric will recommend that large-scale power users close again on Friday. Although planned, rolling blackouts were suspended just after 11 p.m. last night, much colder temperatures expected overnight may result in additional brief blackouts in targeted areas. Residents also are being asked to turn back thermostats to conserve on natural gas. Area lines are steadily losing pressure, which could result in catastrophic losses of residential heating capacity. Throughout Wednesday and today, county-wide, law-enforcement agencies continue to respond to vehicle collisions due to poor driving conditions. The situation will worsen as night falls and moisture on the surface becomes black ice. Motorists are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads except for emergencies, and to exercise extreme caution, low speed and plenty of space between vehicles in traffic to minimize collisions. The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center has been activated as of 7 a.m. Wednesday to marshal resources as needed throughout the county. Officials encourage people with companion animals to bring them indoors, and to check frequently on elderly and infirm neighbors. The Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority is operating normally to receive both emergency 911 calls and non-emergency calls at (575) 526-0795.
State emergency operations center activates to level three due to power and gas outages across New Mexico - Cabinet Secretary Designate Michael S. Duvall has ordered the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to activate to a Level 3 operations status due to the effects of the extreme cold in communities across New Mexico. Various utility companies are unable to keep up with the high demand for increased power and fuel due to sub-zero temperatures. Activation to this level means additional Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management staff will operate the EOC and coordinate any local requests for assistance. The EOC will also stay in communication with emergency managers in the state in order to anticipate additional problems that may be created by the extremely cold temperatures
well said !, and i hope are new republican gov weeds out the bad apples in newmexico.
Originally posted by SJE98
What gets me is that New Mexico has the seconded largest natural gas fields in the United States. The Permian Basin and the San Juan Basin. So why is there a natural gas shortage in New Mexico? Could it be the crazy environmentalist that shut some of the fields down? The other factors such as federal protections for something or other. All the rules and wacky regulation obstacles’ in the way of development. Maybe Senators Jeff Bingaman (D–NM), Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM],Rep. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM1],Rep. Luján, Ben [D-NM3]. There are many reasons but in the end the people freeze for profit and stupid regulations. Now the politicians are saying NM Natural fields should be restored, after they shut some down for some reason or another. This is pure political smack and greed. Those of you who live in New Mexico wake up . In the next election 2012 vote some of these crooks out office or you will continue to freeze. You had your chance in November and you failed! There is no reason people should freeze in The State of New Mexico. NONE!
Take Note of your new Governor she is kicking some butt. And there is good reason. I just recall she fired and entire worthless board. Then said there is too much regulation on Natural Gas Development. That is just stopping the development Cold. Then your Electric Company has this new rate scheme going on . Sure they tell you bill goes up $16.00 what they don’t tell you is that it’s a steps increase. $16.00 is for the lowest users on a kilowatts basis that is also broken down in further steps and increases. In the end your average electric bill will be over $ 300 bucks per month.
It time to unregulated your utilities companies in New Mexico or have you guys figured that out yet? Not to mention your utility companies sell to other states, so unregulated them. Make them compete.
Like I said there is no reason for NM residents to freeze when the state is the 2nd largest supplier in the United States