91,000 Gulf oil spill claims, just 1 final payment. Associated Press

Marsh project will provide flooding buffer. Thibodaux Daily Comet

PNM solar fee plan criticized. Albuquerque Journal (subscription)

The drying of the West. The Economist

Court reverses New Mexico governor on environmental rules. New York Times

Renewable energy study gives Arkansas good marks. City Wire

Oil dispersants lingered in deep ocean, scientists say. New York Times

Louisiana seafood industry poised for rebound. WWL

Uncertainty stalls deepwater drilling in Gulf. WBRZ

First lady praises Walmart’s healthier foods initiative. Arkansas News

New Orleans City Council approves solar panel for French Quarter home. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Oil spill commission leaders urge independent oversight for offshore drilling. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Nucor air-quality permits need more work, EPA official says. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Fishermen dismayed over low payouts in spill claims. Louisiana Weekly

Environment, preservation clash in French Quarter. Associated Press

Entergy Corp. taking wait-and-see-approach to new climate change regulations that will soon be rolled out. New Orleans Times-Picayune

PNM: Renewable-energy goal too pricey. Associated Press

Lawsuit targets NM gov’s actions on new rules. Associated Press

Oil spill commission backs using fines for coastal restoration. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Oil still fouling Louisiana marshes. WWLTV

2 environmental rules halted in New Mexico. New York Times

BP, Transocean, Halliburton blamed by presidential Gulf oil spill commission. Washington Post

New Mexico threatens a U-turn on environmental regulations. Los Angeles Times

Interior allows some suspended drilling to resume. Associated Press

Drilling is stalled even after ban is lifted. Wall Street Journal

Levee district project to build wetlands moving forward. Thibodaux Daily Comet

Oklahoma City group developing registry for hydraulic fracturing chemicals. Oklahoman

Sea life still struggling from oil spill. WWLTV

Firm selected to aid sustainability efforts for Tulsa. Tulsa World

Red River air rivalry has Oklahoma and Texas battling over air quality and coal plants. Oklahoman

For many Gulf oil spill victims, a glum Christmas. Lafayette Advertiser

NM signs lease for renewable energy hub. Associated Press

EPA proposes emission controls for NM coal plant. Associated Press

US-Mexico pact hailed as key step toward solving southwest water supply woes. Greenwire