Supporters of renewable energy pack PRC hearing

photo by Susan Martin

New Mexicans ask commission to support strong rule to enforce renewables requirements

By Mona Blaber, Communications director

It isn’t often that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission holds its meetings in front of more than a few lawyers, staff and representatives of regulated companies. But on Sept. 10, when commissioners took public
comments on changes to an important rule that implements New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Act, supporters of clean energy showed up in such large
numbers that the hearing had to be moved to a larger auditorium.

Hundreds push back on Mayor Berry's "Rio Grande Vision"


By Richard Barish, Central New Mexico Group Bosque Issues Chair

Chaco reprieve

Photo of Pueblo Bonito by Chris Morris.jpg

By Norma McCallan, Public Lands chair

Gas and oil prospects in the San Juan Basin’s Mancos Shale have put the area outside Chaco Culture National Historical Park in danger of drilling. There’s promising short-term news from the Bureau of Land Management, but a permanent solution needs your support.

Bosque vision needs to take broader view

Mayor Richard Berry and the City of Albuquerque are engaged in a planning process for the bosque and Rio Grande Valley State Park called the Rio Grande Vision (RGV). This is part of a larger effort called ABQ: The Plan.

The Rio Grande Vision is problematic in a number of respects:

Take action: Tell BLM to improve management plan for Otero Mesa and other special places in Southern New Mexico

Otero Mesa

The Bureau of Land Management's draft plan for managing public lands in three Southern New Mexico counties needs serious improvement — and your input can improve it. Special places like Otero Mesa and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are at risk if the plan is not improved.

You can help by commenting to the BLM:

Pesticides linked to Parkinson’s disease under study by NM Department of Health urged by 51st Legislative Memorial

Teresa Seamster, Co-chair Northern NM Group

A Memorial requesting the New Mexico Department of Health to conduct a literature search of scientific studies linking Parkinson’s disease and pesticide exposure passed this year’s state Legislature. The findings will be used to support greater federal data collection on Parkinson’s disease and to request the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to study the use of pesticides in the state.

Numbers person? Help and have fun!

The Rio Grande Chapter is looking for an assistant treasurer. While accounting experience is helpful, it is not required. If you can contribute just a few hours a month, you’re our man or woman. Please contact Mark Jones at at or 505/662-9443

Valles Caldera bill passes Senate panel

Valles Caldera - photo by Tom Ribe

By Tom Ribe, Caldera Action

On June 18, 2013, the bill to move the Valles Caldera National Preserve from the temporary VCNP Trust to the National Park Service passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a bipartisan basis. This is a huge step for protecting the Valles Caldera over the long term. The bill (S285) is likely to be bundled with other public-land bills and presented to the full Senate this summer or fall. The trick is always getting time on the Senate floor and overcoming any filibuster that could require a supermajority to pass.

Public decries copper-mining rule

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By John Buchser, Chapter chair

It’s getting difficult to keep track.

This spring, more critical environmental protections were added to the list of those dismantled by state commissions appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

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