Governor Susana Martinez’s first Executive Order, adopted on January 1st, moments after she was sworn in, called for the formation of the “Small Business-Friendly Task Force” to review the states existing rules and regulations in order to determine if the “rescinding or revision of which could significantly enhance the business environment in New Mexico through economic development and employment growth.” (Read full Executive Order)
The folks at Clearly New Mexico where curious about what exactly the Task Force was up to since January and had to file an open records request with the state to find out who is on the task force and what it was meeting about. One of the records they received was an email with the subject: “Governor’s Mid Point Small Business Task Force Report.” (See SBF Task Force Mid Point Report in PDF format)
The Mid Point Report states clearly that one of the Task Force’s main tasks is to gut environmental protections. Visit Clearly New Mexico to find out more.
03/15/2011 • Back to top
“A bill that would bar the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board from making any greenhouse gas rules that are more stringent than federal law is making its way through Senate committees… ‘Most of us know that this bill is a knee-jerk reaction that is over-the-top and ineffective,’ Frederick said.” Clearly New Mexico
03/09/2011 • Back to top
by Eric Jantz, Staff Attorney
“Clean water is scarcer than ever before. Economic and settlement policies over the last century have encouraged water consumption as if it were an infinite resource. It’s not. Global climate change is causing water resources to diminish. Contamination threats from mining, oil and gas development, and other industrial projects loom large. Although as a society we’ve gained an enormous amount of information suggesting that our policies of the past are jeopardizing future generations’ clean water supplies, we haven’t gained the wisdom to act accordingly.” New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
03/07/2011 • Back to top
Staff Attorney Eric Jantz will be speaking tomorrow on the “Legacy and the Latest Uranium ‘Boom’– The Renewed Fight to Protect People and Water” panel of the Public Interest Environment Law Conference.
Rising uranium prices have spawned a new round of uranium speculation centered in the West. This new “boom” threatens many of the communities and landscapes where past mining resulted in severe public health and environmental impacts. Panelists will discuss current efforts to hold the mining industry and government accountable for impacts from past mining, current efforts to resist and change destructive policies, and work aimed to generate energy and income that does not also destroy water, air, and sacred places.
03/04/2011 • Back to top
“Frederick, a staff attorney for the Environmental Law Center, summed up the argument against the application in a press release last week. ‘The application has to be thrown out, because it is so vague and speculative that the State Engineer can’t evaluate or approve it,’ he said.” El Defensor Chieftain
Learn more about the San Augustin Plains Ranch water rights application case.
02/24/2011 • Back to top
New Mexico’s Pit Rule got a reprieve yesterday as State District Court Judge Barbara Vigil is considering sending industry’s appeal up to the State Court of Appeals. Due to substantial public interest in the Pit Rule (the importance of oil and gas to New Mexico’s economy, the Oil Conservation Commission considering extensive technical evidence and hundreds of hours of conservation, legal and industry time committed and expended in the process of developing the Pit Rule) sending the case to the higher court may be a logical next step because of the statewide importance of oil and gas.
Judge Vigil will make a final ruling in mid-May after ruling on OGAP’s appeal of Governor Richardson’s rollbacks of the Pit Rule’s chloride standards. Richardson’s decision, made behind closed doors with industry nine months after the Pit Rule was adopted, allows wastes 13 times more toxic to be buried on well sites. Gwen Lachelt, Earthworks’ OGAP
02/24/2011 • Back to top