Natural gas outages reported througho...

Natural gas outages reported throughout state

There are 13 comments on the KOB-TV story from Feb 3, 2011, titled Natural gas outages reported throughout state. In it, KOB-TV reports that:

Thousands of New Mexicans are experiencing natural gas outages Thursday as various utility companies are unable to keep up with the high demand for increased power and fuel due to sub zero temperatures.

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edgar

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Feb 3, 2011
This is what we get after 8 years of blithering democrat incompetence and corruption in this state , and a democrat/environmentalist communist obama regime.
Miep

Carlsbad, NM

#2 Feb 3, 2011
No, this is what we get when private industry owns compressors that are critical for natural gas transmission (the ones in West Texas that were affected by the Texas rolling blackouts), and aren't required to have backup generators for them.

Otherwise, we do have a supply and demand problem, currently aggravated by atypical weather; and a lot of conflict between environmentalists and people who want to burn up fossil fuel at their convenience, without any regard to the real costs of doing so.

This will not easily be resolved. But the lack of backup generators for a critical part of the energy infrastructure is inexcusable. Many New Mexicans are having a very bad day because of this.
edgar wrote:
This is what we get after 8 years of blithering democrat incompetence and corruption in this state , and a democrat/environmentalist communist obama regime.

“26.2”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Feb 3, 2011
Miep wrote:
No, this is what we get when private industry owns compressors that are critical for natural gas transmission (the ones in West Texas that were affected by the Texas rolling blackouts), and aren't required to have backup generators for them.
Otherwise, we do have a supply and demand problem, currently aggravated by atypical weather; and a lot of conflict between environmentalists and people who want to burn up fossil fuel at their convenience, without any regard to the real costs of doing so.
This will not easily be resolved. But the lack of backup generators for a critical part of the energy infrastructure is inexcusable. Many New Mexicans are having a very bad day because of this.
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Your explanation is right on the money. The compressor stations could have easily installed backup generators run by...natural gas...duh. But these generators would have cost them a few pennies in profits. We can all thank decades of deregulating the industry that provides us with critical infrastructure for this mess, same with the Gulf of Mexico blowout last year. It's neither a Dem nor GOP issue. Bush let the industry write their own rules, and don't expect Obama to have the fortitude to change the way it is.
CornDogz

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Feb 3, 2011
Lobo Viejo wrote:
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Your explanation is right on the money. The compressor stations could have easily installed backup generators run by...natural gas...duh. But these generators would have cost them a few pennies in profits. We can all thank decades of deregulating the industry that provides us with critical infrastructure for this mess, same with the Gulf of Mexico blowout last year. It's neither a Dem nor GOP issue. Bush let the industry write their own rules, and don't expect Obama to have the fortitude to change the way it is.
Its interesting to note that TX is a very deregulated state when it comes to public utilities. When my son moved to the general Dallas area 2 years ago, he was given a sheet of paper with multiple companies he could call for each of the various services, unlike what we have in NM. His utilities cost him WAY more than what we pay here.

“26.2”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#5 Feb 3, 2011
CornDogz wrote:
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Its interesting to note that TX is a very deregulated state when it comes to public utilities. When my son moved to the general Dallas area 2 years ago, he was given a sheet of paper with multiple companies he could call for each of the various services, unlike what we have in NM. His utilities cost him WAY more than what we pay here.
The irony of such high energy costs in the petroleum producing state of TX is deeply profound. I have a school buddy who is a fat-cat oil man in Dallas. He has a huge house and can pay $1500 each month for utilities in the winter. Of course, he brags that there is no personal income tax in the Lone Star State, but I don't think that makes up for the outrageous cost of energy.
CornDogz

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Feb 3, 2011
Lobo Viejo wrote:
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The irony of such high energy costs in the petroleum producing state of TX is deeply profound. I have a school buddy who is a fat-cat oil man in Dallas. He has a huge house and can pay $1500 each month for utilities in the winter. Of course, he brags that there is no personal income tax in the Lone Star State, but I don't think that makes up for the outrageous cost of energy.
Ask him what he pays in property taxes. That pretty much makes up for the lack of a state income tax. One of the new homes my son was looking at when they moved there had an annual property tax of $14,400($1200/month). Poor guy got a cramp in his lungs when he saw that. Needless to say he didn't buy it<G>.

TX energy costs are an eye opener for sure, especially being an energy producing state like they are.

“26.2”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#7 Feb 3, 2011
CornDogz wrote:
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Ask him what he pays in property taxes. That pretty much makes up for the lack of a state income tax. One of the new homes my son was looking at when they moved there had an annual property tax of $14,400($1200/month). Poor guy got a cramp in his lungs when he saw that. Needless to say he didn't buy it<G>.
TX energy costs are an eye opener for sure, especially being an energy producing state like they are.
There are many reasons not to live in Dallas, energy costs, property taxes, no mountains, hotter than hell summers...but my favorite reason is the Dallas Cowboys. GO PACKERS!!!!

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#8 Feb 3, 2011
Now now Lobo, you secretly love the Cowboys.. I agree with you on one thing though.. GO PACKERS!!!!
Farmington

Florence, AL

#9 Feb 4, 2011
Miep wrote:
No, this is what we get when private industry owns compressors that are critical for natural gas transmission (the ones in West Texas that were affected by the Texas rolling blackouts), and aren't required to have backup generators for them.
Spot on. People who yammer on about one party or another clearly do not understand how their energy is produced and delivered to them. The fix is simple but expensive. We'll see if consumers are willing pay for standby generators that may not get used again for 50 years.
CornDogz

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Feb 4, 2011
Lobo Viejo wrote:
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There are many reasons not to live in Dallas, energy costs, property taxes, no mountains, hotter than hell summers...but my favorite reason is the Dallas Cowboys. GO PACKERS!!!!
You got that right!!!!!!!!!!

My two favorite teams are Seattle and whomever is playing Dallas.

“26.2”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#11 Feb 4, 2011
XENA 54 wrote:
Now now Lobo, you secretly love the Cowboys.. I agree with you on one thing though.. GO PACKERS!!!!
You are correct in that I love the Cowboys' 6-10 losing record. I also love to see them choke on big games at home.
Willford

Hobbs, NM

#12 Feb 4, 2011
Well, I appreciated hearing about the situation on the community radio station with Harvey. He had the utility representatives on Thursday morning. There was no guessing about what was happening. BTW, KEDU 102.3 was the ONLY radio station on the air during the power outage. I just have to rememebr the batteries and FM not AM radio.
David I

AOL

#13 Feb 5, 2011
Ya gotta love big oil and big tobacco! They rake in the bazillions while the little people argue about meaningless politics ...

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