The Wildlife (Killing) Committee

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

Assault on Mining Act stalls in House

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

Citizen activism averts threatening legislation

The 2015 New Mexico legislative session might have been contentious, but it was also marked by an encouraging — and successful — upswell in citizen engagement and by legislators who worked tirelessly to protect our air, land, water and wildlife.

With the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives seemingly intent on expressing an industry-profits-at-all-costs agenda, there were far more threats than opportunities for the environment. Yet several positive pieces of legislation passed, including extension of solar tax credits and a plan for a Rio Grande Trail.

Bosque blow-up

By Richard Barish, Bosque Issues Chair

Volunteers lead the way in Roundhouse, Bosque

By John Buchser, Rio Grande Chapter chair

Chaco Coalition challenges BLM

By Teresa Seamster
March 11, 2015, was 108 years to the day that President Theodore Roosevelt declared Chaco Canyon to be a historical monument in 1907. The threat to Chaco in that time was the looting of archaeological treasures and sacred artifacts. Today, it is ramped up oil and gas development, especially fracking and contaminated water supply.

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.

Facts on the future of coal-fired San Juan Generating Station

For decades, PNM’s San Juan Generating Station – a coal-fired power plant near Farmington, New Mexico – has threatened our air, land, and water with toxic pollution. From soot and smog to arsenic and mercury, the harmful pollution from the plant has endangered the health and well-being of families throughout the Four Corners region. Today, our state and public officials face a choice: prolong the life of one of our region’s greatest public health threats or take this opportunity to transition to clean renewable energy.

PNM’s Plans To Burn More Coal

TABLED: Bill gutting Renewable Energy Act dies in Senate

On Tuesday, March 17, the New Mexico Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-2 to table HB 445, which sought to eliminate New Mexico's requirement for 20 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Tabling HB 445, sponsored by Rep. Larry Scott (R-Lea), means it is most likely dead for this session. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 33-32 last week. Had it passed the Senate, it almost surely would have been signed by the governor into law.

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.

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