HRI’s Churchrock Uranium Project Put on Hold

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

Groups Push Today in SF for Tighter Mining Regs to Protect NM Water

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

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03/23/2009 • Back to top

Enviro Groups Push for Better Regs to Protect Groundwater from Exploratory Mining Wells

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.

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03/18/2009 • Back to top

HB 755, Clean Up Abandoned Uranium Mines (AUMs), Tabled

House Bill 755, “Uranium Mining Liability,” sponsored by Representative Benjamin Rodefer,  was tabled in the Business and Industry Committee meeting yesterday.

03/18/2009 • Back to top

HB 755, Helps Clean Up Abandoned Uranium Mines (AUMs)

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
YES” on HB 755 and Please come to the Roundhouse on Thursday to show your support!

03/11/2009 • Back to top

News Article “Raising the Bar”

Rob DeWalt of the Santa Fe New Mexican gives Justice Bars the cover story in today’s Taste Section!

"If we were going to do this, the final product had to reflect the sense of community and environmental stewardship that the law center has promoted and protected for more than two decades." Sebia Hawkins, Director of Development. Read the Full Article

03/11/2009 • Back to top

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