Drilling / Mining

Clean-water groups appeal copper ruling

By Allyson Siwik, Rio Grande Chapter Executive Committee and Director, Gila Resource Information Project

The New Mexico Attorney General and water-protection groups have filed petitions with the New Mexico Supreme Court seeking reversal of the Court of Appeals’ opinion upholding the validity of the Copper Rule, which regulates discharges from copper mines. Contrary to state law, the Copper Rule makes polluting groundwater at mine sites legal as long as contamination is contained.

Assault on Mining Act stalls in House

Allyson Siwik, Chapter Executive Committee, Gila Resources Information Project Director

Kinder cancels CO2 pipeline through New Mexico

By Teresa Seamster, Northern N.M. Group/Resistiendo member
A huge sigh of relief was heard from residents from Quemado to Mountainair on the evening of Jan. 21 after Kinder Morgan announced the cancellation of its plans to build the massive Lobos CO2 pipeline through central New Mexico.

Preemption bills would kill local oil and gas safeguards

Some legislators are putting oil and gas short-term profits over the health and safety of our families.

UPDATE: All of these bills were tabled in the state Senate and none were passed! Thank you for contacting your senators!

Numerous counties and cities around New Mexico, prompted by citizens' recognition that state oil and gas rules don’t provide adequate protection, have created local rules and ordinances aimed at protecting against negative impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Legislation is an assault on Mining Act

The New Mexico Mining Act is one of New Mexico's most effective and revered environmental laws - and now it's under attack. For 25 years, the Mining Act has ensured that mining corporations protect our water, clean up messes they create, and don't leave taxpayers footing the bill for billions of dollars of reclamation costs. But that may change, if the mining industry gets its way with HB 625.

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