Lease Application Hearing Scheduled for July 28th in Rio Bonito Water Rights Case

The hearing is about an application by the Villages of Ruidoso and Capitan to lease water rights from Capitan to Ruidoso.  Our client, Rio Bonito Preserve, opposes the transfer because it will cause depletion of flows in the Rio Bonito and impair the water rights of Acequias.

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06/19/2009 • Back to top

NRC ups review of new in situ uranium mines

Associated Press - “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will require more detailed environmental studies of proposed new in-situ uranium mines in the western United States.”

...one has to take wait and see attitude because you’re dealing with an agency that has a very bad history in terms of handling these kinds of matters.” Jonathan Block, Law Center Staff Attorney.

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06/05/2009 • Back to top

The NRC Announces Change in Review Approach

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a press release today announcing the publication of the final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for in situ leach uranium recovery (ISR) operations. It states that the agency has decided to issue full Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements (SEIS) for new recovery operations, instead of Environmental Assessments as originally planned.

“The NRC’s decision to require site specific EISs for in situ leach uranium mining would not have occurred without the tremendous effort of hundreds of community groups, individuals and organizations, plus concerted efforts by tribes, tribal members and states.

This victory is a small first step to getting the NRC to listen and respond to the serious concerns of the people most affected by uranium mining and those living with the legacy of the environmental and health dangers of previous uranium mining.” Jonathan Block, Law Center Staff Attorney

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06/04/2009 • Back to top

Motion for Clarification and for Partial Summary Judgment Filed in Rio Bonito water rights case

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05/15/2009 • Back to top

Case Update: Conclusions of Law and Findings of Fact filed in Pit Rule Roll Back

Law Center files OGAP’s Proposed Conclusions of Law and Findings of Fact to the Oil Conservation Commission in an effort to defend the Pit Rule. Get PDF version of filing.

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04/30/2009 • Back to top

FRONTLINE: Poisoned Waters

PBS - A very informative investigation into the polluting of Americas great waterways. This report aired on PBS on April 21, 2009 and is now available to view online.

04/29/2009 • Back to top

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