New Mexico Governor Martinez Accused of “Wholesale Disregard of the Law”

According to this source, the Martinez administration is “very friendly to the copper, dairy, and oil and gas industries,” and said that state workers working to safeguard groundwater quality were pushed out, “the industry basically stepped in and could do anything they wanted, and basically wrote the rules for themselves,” and that this is “still going on today.” thruthout

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05/06/2014 • Back to top

Don Goldman, ally and friend

Don GoldmanNew Mexico’s communities and environment lost an important friend and ally recently when Don Goldman passed away. 

For many years, Don and his wife Lorraine have been concerned about and worked for protection of the environment and the rights of communities, among other causes.

Don did research and wrote articles for the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, and he assisted us with legislation by tracking bills during the session.  Don’s commitment to protect New Mexico’s communities and environment, coupled with his wonderful enthusiasm and sense of humor, were a great help to our efforts, and we all will miss him.

05/01/2014 • Back to top

Environmental groups and Turner Ranch file brief on Copper Rule

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed a Brief-in-Chief April 9 with the New Mexico Court of Appeals asking the Court to set the Copper Rule aside, according to legal documents released by law center…“This is going to be impossible to clean up,” Frederick said. “They’re polluting a huge source of potential drinking water that could be used for agriculture or domestic use.” Silver City Sun-News

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04/22/2014 • Back to top

NM Oil Conservation Commission should work for the people, not the oil and gas industry

SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed its Brief in Chief today in an appeal against the 2013 amendments to the Pit Rule - a rule that regulates oil and gas operation waste pits. The NMELC argues that the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) re-wrote the previous, more environmentally protective Pit Rule solely to increase oil and gas companies’ profits. The NMELC requests the State Court of Appeals to throw out the 2013 Pit Rule on behalf of client, Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP).

“The OCC heard identical testimony and evidence in the Pit Rule hearings of 2008 and 2013,” says Eric Jantz, NMELC Staff Attorney. “In 2008, the OCC adopted a Pit Rule that protected public health and groundwater resources for all of New Mexico. In 2013, the OCC removed nearly all of these protections for no other discernible reason than to maximize oil and gas corporate profits. This Commission was created to regulate the oil and gas industry and protect the environment - not protect industry profits.”

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04/21/2014 • Back to top

Groups file challenge to Copper Rule

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center has filed its brief in a challenge of the state’s Copper Rule, which oversees the handling of mining wastes.

The center’s brief argues that the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) violated the state’s Water Quality Act when it adopted the Copper Rule, and asks the Court of Appeals to set the rule aside. Albuquerque Business First

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04/14/2014 • Back to top

NMELC files Reply Brief in Energy Efficient Building Codes Appeal

On April 9, 2014, the NMELC filed a Reply Brief with the state’s Court of Appeals for clients Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Sundancer Creations Custom Builders, Environment New Mexico, e-Solved, Inc., and individuals.

This marks the final bit of briefing in the appeal over the repeal of building codes by the New Mexico Construction Industries Commission. The codes would have required new construction to be 20% more energy efficient than was required previously. The Court might take up to nine months to decide on the matter.

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04/11/2014 • Back to top

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