On April 6, the State Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) decided it had statutory authority to hear the Petition to cap greenhouse gas emissions that we filed for New Energy Economy. This alleged legal obstacle was raised by numerous companies and industry groups that benefit greatly from the current absence of any regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Our Petition asks the EIB to adopt regulations designed to abate and prevent the air pollution caused by greenhouse gases (the NM Air Quality Control Act expressly authorizes the EIB to adopt regulations to abate and prevent air pollution).
04/17/2009 • Back to top
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04/14/2009 • Back to top
A new report analyzes the economic and fiscal contribution of the oil and natural gas industries in New Mexico along with a case study of proposed energy development on Otero Mesa in Otero County that asks whether potential drilling there would create more benefits than it would foreclose. The study then concludes with five public policy options.
Ben Alexander, the report’s lead author and Associate Director of Headwaters Economics, asserts that jobs and personal income from industries associated with the extraction of fossil fuels are a small part of New Mexico’s economy. And that even at the height of the recent energy surge, these industries accounted for two percent of all employment and three percent of total personal income in the state.
04/07/2009 • Back to top
They’re at it again! And we have to act again—now!
The U.S. Senate is currently debating President Obama’s FY 2010 budget on the Senate floor. One amendment we’ve seen would allow money to be shifted around in the budget if the nuclear industry can get $50 billion in new loan guarantees later. Another would allow money to be shifted around if pro-nuclear boosters are successful in getting more R&D money for Generation IV reactors. NukeFree.org
03/31/2009 • Back to top
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - Three organizations announced today their opposition to a state plan to weaken a hard-fought water and land protection rule. On February 18, Governor Richardson announced he was directing the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department to work with industry to develop amendments that would save them the cost of compliance to the recently amended Pit Rule.
A Joint Release from New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air and Water, New Mexico Environmental Law Center and EARTHWORKS’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project
03/31/2009 • Back to top
As reported in the Gallup Independent today, the proposed in-situ leach uranium mining project near Churchrock is on hold. (Learn more about the Law Center’s representation of Churchrock and Crown Point communities)
According to Rick Van Horn, chief operating officer of Uranium Resources Inc. (URI), parent company of Hydro Resources Inc. (HRI), received notification earlier this month that Itochu, partner in the Churchrock project, has pulled out of the joint venture.
“Uranium prices are depressed, we’re still awaiting the court decision, and right now the project is on hold until we get that decision,” says Van Horn. Read Full Article
03/27/2009 • Back to top