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Bernalillo County to look at next step in Santolina development

Bernalillo County Commissioners will be looking at approving the next step in getting the controversial Santolina development started on Albuquerque’s Westside…The biggest concern by opponents from the beginning has been water. An appeal by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has been filed an appeal on behalf of opposing organizations. KRQE.com

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03/14/2017 • Back to top


Magdalena school board amends water grab protest

“Mr. Chambers had signed the petition in the name of Magdalena Schools and the problem is only the board can enter into a lawsuit for the school, not the superintendent. And this is a lawsuit,” Jaramillo said. “The concern by the school board at the time on Monday was is this going to cost us something…so we felt like it was OK to withdraw and instructed (Superintendent) Dr. (Vannetta) Perry to go ahead and write the letter to withdraw the [protest] on the petition.”

However, in a telephone interview, Meiklejohn told El Defensor Chieftain there was, in fact, no lawsuit and that the normal application process was on schedule. El Defensor Chieftain

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03/09/2017 • Back to top


Residents to Weigh in on Uranium Ordinance

Commission reverses effort to bury ordinance, Special meeting March 14

With help from the Law Center and its members, affected community members have a chance to push for a three year moratorium on uranium mining in McKinley County. 
   Click to read meeting notice
A special meeting on uranium mining is scheduled before the McKinley County Commission on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 pm.

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: McKinley Courthouse, 3rd floor in Commissioner Chambers
Address: 207 W. Hill, Gallup, NM 87301 (map)

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend.

This meeting comes after the Law Center threatened to sue the Commission for violating the state’s Open Meetings Act. In violation of the law, the commission had put the moratorium on the agenda of a little-publicized meeting on January 3; after telling community advocates that the moratorium would be heard on January 10. See case page.

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03/06/2017 • Back to top


ROUND 2: Santolina Hearing

Despite its failure to meet critical requirements, the massive Santolina juggernaut continues to roll over county approval processes. In January, the Bernalillo County Planning Commission gave its recommendation to approve the B.1 Level Master Plan from the developer.

The Law Center already has lodged its appeal of the Planning Commission’s recommendation with the Bernalillo County Commission, which will be the next body to consider the Level B plans.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 at 3 PM to hear both NMELC’s appeal and the developer’s Level B.1 Master Plan. Get meeting details. Visit Santolina case page.

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03/06/2017 • Back to top


Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen Supports the NMELC all Through March!

Sweetwater
Join us at Santa Fe’s own Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen all through March 2% of each cash purchase will be donated to the Law Center!

It’s a delicious way to support environmental protection in New Mexico. See you there!

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen
1512 Pacheco Street (map)
Building B
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
505.795.7383

03/01/2017 • Back to top


Bill to bring back oil and gas pollution penalty moves forward

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can authorize states to take over certain regulatory duties. Under that program, states must be able to assess penalties against companies that pollute water. But in New Mexico, the state’s Oil Conservation Division (OCD) hasn’t been able to do that for years. New Mexico Political Report

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02/23/2017 • Back to top


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