Chapter director’s column: Victories come from determination

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By Camilla Feibelman, January 15, 2015

I hope that each of you took some serious time to rest during the holiday season and recoup your energies, because the environment is going to need you more than ever next year.


Tell the PRC: A coal mine would be a disastrous investment for PNM

Coal - San Juan

December 20, 2014

PNM appears to be placing all its bets on climate-killing coal.

In addition to its request for a 12 percent rate hike and a $21-$36 monthly fee for everyone who installs home solar, PNM is still considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is currently reviewing PNM's plans for the future of San Juan Generating Station. Now is the time to tell the PRC you want a clean-energy future, not a gamble on an aging coal mine: http://bit.ly/1wUnE0S


Lobbying workshops

Roundhouse - by Dan Lorimier

Are you wondering how things work at the Roundhouse? Are you concerned about the new composition of the State House of Representatives? Are you worried about legislation that could harm all New Mexicans? Are you looking for a way to help?


Chapter's response to Albuquerque's Bosque Environmental Monitoring Plan

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December 15, 2014

By email, mschmader@cabq.gov, and first class U.S. mail
Dr. Matthew Schmader, City of Albuquerque Open Space Division
P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103
Re: SWCA Environmental Monitoring Plan and Baseline Monitoring Report

Dear Dr. Schmader:


Tell PNM a coal mine is a bad buy!

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December 20, 2014

PNM recently revealed it is in discussions to buy the San Juan Coal Mine in order to ensure that the San Juan Generating Station continues to burn coal for years to come.

This proposal would prolong the life of one of our area’s worst public health threats and lock ratepayers into a huge risk.

Click here to tell PNM that San Juan Coal Mine is a bad purchase! http://bit.ly/1xuhGVT


Environment Department refuses to enforce groundwater rules for dairies

See Rio Grande Chapter Conservation Coordinator Dan Lorimier interviewed on KRWG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l4sH9Zxcgw


We the people want preserved, in its natural state and in perpetuity all of the undeveloped land...

Map of City Owned Land that the petition calls for protecting.

The Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition has launched a new "We the People" petition for everyone in El Paso to sign calling upon our leaders to work together in saving what remains of the lower elevations of the Franklin Mountains. You and your family and friends can help send a message to our City by printing out a petition today and collecting signatures between now and May 1.


A membership moment – please take a minute to consider your Sierra Club membership

Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo at the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta in 2010 by Rick LoBello

I have always admired and respected the Sierra Club. When I worked in the national parks we all heard the story of John Muir and I can really relate to what he said in The Yosemite in 1912… "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike."


Rio Grande Chapter voted Best Environmental Group by Santa Feans!

The Santa Fe Reporter's Best of Santa Fe issue came out July 15. Thanks Santa Fe; we're working to be even more effective in shaping environmental policy and actions. Click here to see the Reporter issue: http://bit.ly/1qfK9x8


New Mexico can afford to clean up its act on oil and gas drilling

Rio Grande Chapter Energy Team chair Denise Fort and team member Verne Loose, an energy economist, did a study of the economics of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and found that, despite common claims from industry, New Mexico's oil and gas companies are not generally smaller or less able to operate under common-sense regulations like the "Pit Rule" that safeguard our water and air from contamination.

The paper is attached here:


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