Dec 9, 2008 - “County’s oil and gas regulations called a ‘progressive approach’ Santa Fe County now has an ordinance aimed specifically at regulating the activities of the oil and gas industry. After more than a year of planning and countless public hearings, the County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance that appears to have soothed county residents anxious about energy-development impacts and excited the ire of the regulation-phobic oil and gas industry.”
12/09/2008 • Back to top
Dec 8, 2008 - KUNM’s Jim Williams spoke to Law Center attorney Eric Jantz about the ordinance. Santa Fe County Commissioners will vote Tuesday on a new ordinance guiding how future oil and gas drilling will take place in the county. The changes are part of a response to a plan to drill on tens of thousands of acres in the Galisteo Basin.
12/08/2008 • Back to top
Nov 15, 2008 - by Eric Jantz - Mike Bowen’s Nov. 7 commentary, “Uranium mining study is based on wrong data,” is inaccurate and misleading in three important ways.
First, the Arrowhead report that Mr. Bowen touts as nonbiased is actually based on assumptions provided by the Uranium Producers of New Mexico. The authors of that study have publicly conceded that they did not question the assumptions they were given.
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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