Press release: BLM's proposed regulation of methane leaks would benefit New Mexico and the world

For immediate release: May 6, 2013
Contact: Camilla Feibelman,, 505-715-8388

BLM's proposed methane-leak regulations beneficial to New Mexicans

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in a huge step, is seeking public input on reducing methane waste from oil and gas production on public lands.

Methane is a greenhouse gas estimated to be 86 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. It's also the primary ingredient of natural gas.

Two Weeks of Climate Action

Taos 350 day

The Sierra Club,, Citizens Climate Lobby, Organizing for Action, The Great March for Climate Action, Albuquerque Pledge of Resistance, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light and New Energy Economy host and participate in an important array of hearings and events around New Mexico to create positive progress in protecting our families from climate disruption.

Two Weeks of Climate Action events:

May 4 through May 18: Science and Faith Forums

Interfaith Power and Light and the Great March for Climate Action present Science and Faith forums

New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light and the Great March for Climate Action with Connie Barlow (scientist and author) and Michael Dowd (minister and author) present Science & Faith events. If your faith community or group would like to have either Connie or Michael give a presentation contact them at or

Help protect Otero Mesa and Organ Mountains Desert Peaks from oil and gas drilling

You acted, and they listened.

Concerned members and residents like you last year urged the BLM's Las Cruces District office to include analysis of gas and oil leasing and an inventory of Lands With Wilderness Characteristics in its draft management plan for Sierra, Doña Ana and Otero counties.

After considering your comments, the Las Cruces BLM agreed to prepare a supplement to the plan and defer oil and gas leasing until it prepares a proper analysis.

N.M. Environment Department stops enforcing water safeguards for dairies

dairy cows dairies

By Michael Jensen, Amigos Bravos, and Dan Lorimier 03/24/14

When the Martinez Administration’s Water Quality Control Commission compromised public health and the environment by adopting the Copper Rule in September, it also created an alarming precedent to allow pollution of the state’s groundwater rather than requiring prevention of pollution.

The dairy industry was quick to jump at the chance for similar treatment, petitioning the commission to gut the recently enacted Dairy Rule after less than a year of implementation.


What it's like living next to a dairy

Jana Hughes

By Jana Hughes 03/21/14

As a rural resident living in an agricultural area for the majority of my life, I have spent many of those years living near a large-scale industrial dairy operation in the southeastern quadrant of the state.

Industrial confinement dairies produce massive amounts of manure because they confine thousands of animals on too little land. The untreated waste often migrates off-site and into the groundwater and the air I breathe. Land surrounding my home is used to dispose of the manure, bringing the untreated waste even closer to my home.

Chair's message: Fraser was longtime chapter leader, conservationist

Rio Grande Chapter chair John Buchser

By John Buchser, Rio Grande Chapter chair, 03/24/14
Former Northern Group and Chapter chair Doug Fraser passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. I still remember him calling me before every Group executive committee meeting and cheerfully reminding me to come and share with the group. Doug was a warm and enthusiastic leader.

New Mexico's wildlife mismanagement

By Mary Katherine Ray, Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife chair 03/30/14
Seismic changes have taken place in the last few months among New Mexico’s wildlife-managing administrators.
First, the director of New Mexico Game and Fish suddenly resigned last fall. Still no reason has been given for his departure. And the Game Commission has yet to begin a search for his replacement.

PNM coal replacement needs more renewables

Solar - City of Santa Fe - Green Jobs

By Mona Blaber, Rio Grande Chapter communications coordinator, 03/31/14
The Santa Fe City Council in March joined citizens and community groups to ask PNM and the Public Regulation Commission to rethink the types of energy being considered to replace the 924 megawatts of coal from San Juan Generating Station that will stop polluting skies in a few years.
Last year, PNM reached a deal with the state of New Mexico and the Environmental Protection Agency to close two of the four units at the coal-fired San Juan power plant.

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