In a response to the industry’s exaggerated claims that renewed uranium mining would be a multi-billion dollar economic bonanza for New Mexico and the Grants area, the Law Center commissioned Dr. Thomas M. Power to evaluate the true economic impacts of uranium mining in New Mexico. The result is the only independently reviewed analysis of the subject in New Mexico entitled An Economic Evaluation of a Renewed Uranium Mining Boom in New Mexico.
10/28/2008 • Back to top
On September 17, 2008, Broe Land and Acquisitions, Inc. LLC (Broe) filed a notice that it was withdrawing all of its applications for water rights that are currently pending before the State Engineer. Broe, a Denver corporation specializing in real estate speculation, had filed a total of 16 water rights applications to appropriate thousands of acre-feet of groundwater per year from the Gallup underground water basin in Catron County.
Broe’s decision to withdraw resulted from a motion filed by New Mexico Environmental Law Center (the Law Center) staff attorney Bruce Frederick on behalf of its clients. Frederick argued that the appropriation would have violated state law that requires water rights be owned by the same entity that owns the land. Broe’s water rights applications violated this law because the company would have ended up owning water rights to land owned by the State of New Mexico.
09/22/2008 • Back to top
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Due to the large number of permit applications the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received for new uranium mining in the West, the NRC has proposed the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GEIS) for In Situ Leach (ISL) uranium mining to quicken the approval process, but the Draft GEIS fails to address the site-specific issues that would affect each proposed mining location, particularly with respect to the possible contamination of groundwater. The Draft GEIS also completely fails to address the cumulative impacts of new ISL mining combined with pollution from past uranium mining and milling.
09/09/2008 • Back to top
“We can solve the problems of oil imports, nuclear proliferation as it is linked to nuclear power, and carbon dioxide emissions simultaneously if we are bold enough.” Dr. Arjun Makhijani
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, will share his visionary solution to the three-fold global energy crisis of climate disruption, oil insecurity and nuclear proliferation in a talk at the UNM Law School on September 18th, 2008.
Dr. Makhijani will discuss the real steps that the U.S. can take to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2060; and how it can achieve that goal without nuclear power. This is a free event.
09/04/2008 • Back to top
Silver City, NM - The Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center have won a five-year fight against Chino Mine‟s proposal to dilute contaminated water with clean groundwater rather than use more effective treatment technology. GRIP and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center announced today they have reached a settlement with the mine. Chino is now required to use an advanced form of reverse osmosis to remove metals and sulfates from the wastewater it will produce for hundreds of years after mining stops at the site.
06/29/2008 • Back to top
Santa Fe, New Mexico - A panel of experts will give a presentation on the legal, economic and social issues and the health impact of oil and gas drilling in Santa Fe County Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Universalist Church, l07 West Barcelona Road, Santa Fe. Four nationally recognized experts will present the facts on how landowners and residents have been impacted by environmental toxics associated with the oil and gas development activities in their area.
05/15/2008 • Back to top