- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s energy policy will be the focus of a daylong forum in Socorro.

The state Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources is convening a listening session at New Mexico Tech on Thursday to solicit technical and science-based comments on concerns related to energy development around the state.

Officials say the overall question is aimed at determining what should be included in the state’s energy policy.

Water use and reuse, the possibility of contamination due to hydraulic fracturing, emissions and nuclear power technology are among the topics.

During the session, some two dozen questions will be presented to New Mexico Tech students and faculty who are experts in hydrology, geology and petroleum engineering.

Previous listening sessions have been held in Farmington, Hobbs, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.

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