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
Public News Service speaks to Law Center’s Eric Jantz about today’s hearing in Santa Fe.
“Making sure that sour economic times now and in the future don’t leave a bad taste in New Mexico’s water. That’s what local environmental groups are doing as they review and comment on proposed new regulations for mining exploration in the state. The state Mining Commission holds a public hearing today on proposed changes intended to strengthen rules to protect groundwater from mining contamination.” Read Full Article
03/23/2009 • Back to top
New Mexico Environmental Law Center, representing its clients Amigos Bravos and Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), will present testimony on March 23rd to support strengthening New Mexico’s mining exploration permitting regulations in order to protect groundwater from contamination caused by mining exploration wells.
The hearing is open to the public.
03/18/2009 • Back to top
03/18/2009 • Back to top
House Bill 755, “Uranium Mining Liability,” sponsored by Representative Benjamin Rodefer, would give the state the authority to go after the original uranium companies that actually created the mess. If it passes, it could start a funding stream going directly to cleanup.
This is a great bill, but we need your help.
HB 755 is scheduled to be heard this Thursday at 1:30 pm in the Business and Industry Committee meeting, and this committee has typically ignored community needs.
Please Call the Committee Members and tell them to
VOTE “YES” on HB 755 and Please come to the Roundhouse on Thursday to show your support!
03/11/2009 • Back to top