Moderate snow continues to fall for some areas of northern El Paso and Teller Counties, accumulating in the grass and yards. Meanwhile, in the plains and along the southern I-25 stretch, light rain/snow mix continues. Take it slow on the roadways - due to VERY strong winds, we are seeing blowing dirt and snow (depending on the region), which is tremendously reducing visibility. Click on the Weather tab for more information on the forecast.
Wednesday's earthquake on the New Mexico-Colorado line is again raising questions about whether coal-bed methane drilling might be responsible for earthquakes in the area.
Researchers looked into that possibility in 2001, after 12 earthquakes hit in an area near 10 gas wells. Companies had pumped water into the ground in order extract methane from coal bed seams.
However researchers found no proof of a connection and the U-S Geological Survey found that seismic activity actually subsidized as drilling continued.
The agency hasn't determined whether yesterday's magnitude-five quake was related to the 2001 quakes.