New Mexico Environmental Law Center Launches New Website

SANTA FE, NM – In order to offer the public better access to information about the environmental health of their communities, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) is excited to announce the launch of their new website just in time for Earth Day. The new website will offer regular updates on cases, issues and events, as well as easier navigation and a cleaner interface.

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04/20/2009 • Back to top

EPA’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions could spur new innovations

KUNM Speaks to Bruce Frederick, Law Center Staff Attorney, and Jim Norton, Director of New Mexico’s Environmental Protection Division regarding EPA’s proposal last week to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

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04/20/2009 • Back to top

Court Rules Mine on Indian Country land

Gallup Independent: “WINDOW ROCK — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has upheld a 2007 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior decision that Hydro Resources Inc.’s Churchrock Section 8 mine site is located in ‘Indian Country.’”

“This is a huge victory, and if upheld on further appeal, will set precedent for regulating non-Indian activities on non-Indian lands inside dependent Indian communities,” Chris Shuey of SRIC said.

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04/20/2009 • Back to top

Update on Efforts to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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).

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04/17/2009 • Back to top

Green Fire Report: Winter/Spring 2009 Edition Now Available

The online version of the Green Fire Report is now available here. You can also download a PDF version.

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04/14/2009 • Back to top

New Report Analyzes Oil and Gas Impacts on New Mexico

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.

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04/07/2009 • Back to top

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