Victory! PRC Rejects PNM Rate Hike, Solar Penalty

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in May rejected PNM’s rate-hike proposal, which would have required New Mexico families to cover tens of millions of dollars in costs for the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station and added a hefty monthly fee for anyone who installed rooftop solar.

The decision follows a recommendation from a PRC hearing examiner that criticized PNM for failing to provide sufficient information to support its proposed rate increase.

PNM Feeling Deadline Pressure

By Nellis Kennedy-Howard, Senior Beyond Coal Campaign Representative

PNM continues to scramble in a last-minute attempt to finalize agreements that would allow for the continued burning of coal at the San Juan Generating Station.

The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) voted 4-1 to allow PNM additional time to file signed ownership agreements and coal-supply agreements with the commission, extending PNM’s deadline to Aug. 1. Commissioner Valerie Espinoza dissented, saying it’s time to reject PNM’s plan.

Pajarito Group: Where are our bighorn sheep?

By Jody Benson

No Bag Ban for Los Alamos — Yet

By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group newsletter editor

The Dirty History of Oil Near Chaco

By Robert Tohe, Our Wild America New Mexico coordinator

Chaco Canyon’s ancient legacy and oil and gas industry have been on a collision course since oil was first discovered in 1920s.

The early role of the federal government, through the Department of Interior’s Indian Office, was to expedite private enterprise to lease and exploit oil resources within the Mancos Shale. Traditional headmen for the Navajo remained steadfast and refused to grant land for oil leases.

Chaco Communities in Oilfield Crosshairs

By Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group

How can oil-drilling leases cause the loss of an individual’s safety, private property and ability to follow religious practices?

The greater Chaco area in northwest New Mexico’s San Juan Basin is experiencing a ramping up of oil and gas development that has shaken residents with multiple impacts.

Southwest Chief Gets Lifelines

By Norma McCallan, Chapter vice chair

You may remember that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which owns much of the tracks in New Mexico that the Southwest Chief travels daily between Los Angeles and Chicago, announced it would not renew its contract with Amtrak, due Dec. 31, to maintain the tracks since there is now little freight traffic along this section.

Bernalillo County OKs Santolina Master Plan

By Chantel Chavez and Antonio Maestas, Southwest Organizing Project

The residents of Bernalillo County are wrestling with questions about the well-being of New Mexico after the Bernalillo County Commission approved the Santolina devleopment master plan on June 16.
In this time of drought, residents are worried about how the lack of water will affect their everyday quality of life. Even before the proposed megadevelopment, the drought made many question the longevity of our agricultural livelihoods, as well as the health impacts on our residents.

Smarter ways to move

Ken Hughes, Sierra Club Building Healthy Communities Team Leader

Be an Albuquerque Bosque Sentinel

Albuquerque is one of only two urban places in the country that protects its riparian zone as a natural place rather than a developed urban park.

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