Chaco coalition asks for protection against fracking in sacred area

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans.

In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress the historic, cultural and ecological significance of Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

Teresa Seamster with the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club says she is hopeful that the Jewell will help protect Chaco Canyon.

Water panel OKs settlement between clean-water groups, dairy industry

SANTA FE, N.M.— On May 12, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) unanimously voted to adopt the stipulated Dairy Rule agreement without changes. The adopted Dairy Rule – a set of groundwater discharge regulations for dairy operations - is the direct result of community groups calling out the state to do a better job of regulating the state’s dairies, and the dairy operators to be better caretakers of the environment.

Hundreds rally outside PNM shareholder meeting

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2015

Albuquerque NM – As shareholders gathered for PNM’s annual meeting Tuesday, solar-industry workers, residents living in the shadow of San Juan Generating Station’s coal pollution and small-business owners were among hundreds of New Mexicans protesting the utility’s risky investments in dirty energy and its plans to hike rates for homeowners and small business.

Santa Fe Outing

Join us for a morning work event, cleaning up some overgrown brush along the old Chile Line RR bed at the foot of Buckman Road. We will meet Sunday morning, May 24, in the parking lot by the mailboxes, 1/4 mile in from Hiway 599 on La Tierra Road, to carpool down to the end of the sometimes rough Buckman Road. Alan Hamilton, Rio Grande Returns, will lead our group, and share with us some of the restoration efforts that have been recently made in this scenic area next to the Rio Grande River.

Speak up for cougars and bears in May and June

Public-comment meetings on trapping cougars to be held throughout the state
New Mexico Game and Fish is hosting public meetings about bear and cougar rules.

One of the proposals Game and Fish is considering would allow cougars to be killed using leghold traps and snares.

The current population of cougars in New Mexico has not been verified in the field and estimates may well be too high. While a cougar study is in the works for New Mexico, the data will not be available in time for the final rule adoption.

Conservation groups ask Game Commission to oppose cougar-trapping proposal

Trapping Plan Would Increase Cruelty, Put Other Wildlife, Pets at Risk

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Eight conservation organizations in the TrapFree New Mexico coalition sent a letter on May 1 urging state game commissioners to reject the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish's proposed cougar trapping season. The coalition letter highlights the dangers traps pose to outdoor enthusiasts, nontarget animals and pets like the dog caught in a trap last month in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

PNM makes last-ditch attempt to lock New Mexico into aging coal plant

ALBUQUERQUE - On May 1, the Public Service Company of New Mexico filed a draft, non-binding coal supply agreement and ownership contract for the San Juan Generating Station. As support for the San Juan Generating Station continues to plummet, PNM is trying to fill the ownership void left by groups exiting the plant, becoming the perpetual owner of last resort and jeopardizing the financial security of New Mexico families for years to come.

In response, Nellis Kennedy-Howard, Senior Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, issued the following statement:

PRC hearing examiner recommends dismissal of PNM rate case

Also recommends regulators reject PNM’s rooftop solar tax proposal

ALBUQUERQUE – The future of coal at the San Juan Generating Station grew cloudier today after a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) hearing examiner recommended that the commissioners reject PNM’s proposal for a large rate hike along with plans to impose a monthly fee on residents who install rooftop solar.

Hearing examiner gives PNM's San Juan coal plan thumbs-down

ALBUQUERQUE – PNM’s plan to double down on burning coal at the San Juan Generating Station faces a new hurdle after a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended that the commission reject PNM’s request to increase its share of coal at the plant's Unit 4.

Clean-water coalition, industry reach settlement on Dairy Rule

The average New Mexico dairy holds 2,000 cows and produces more waste daily than a small city.

On Monday, April 6, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission expressed support for a settlement between the Citizens Dairy Coalition (which includes the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter), the dairy industry, the New Mexico Attorney General and the New Mexico Environment Department that retains some of the protections of our state’s current, unenforced Dairy Rule. The commission will vote on the new rule at its May meeting in Santa Fe.


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