New Mexico Caps Again

“One of the major things that (Richardson) has done is to support the Secretary of the Environment, Ron Curry,” Doug Meiklejohn, executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center told me recently. “(Curry) has been a real leader on environmental and environmental justice issues at the state level. He has really put New Mexico at the forefront of protecting the environment, particularly in communities of color and low-income communities.” HCN The GOAT Blog

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12/14/2010 • Back to top

NMELC Argues Pit Rule Essential to Groundwater Protection

SANTA FE, N.M.— Today, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) presented oral arguments defending the Oil and Gas Pit Rule in the First Judicial District Court. The Pit Rule, adopted in 2008, governs the storage and disposal of toxic oil and gas drilling wastes. Soon after its adoption, industry groups filed an appeal to have the Rule repealed and later, Governor Richardson moved to relax the Rule in order to save companies the cost of compliance.

Learn more about the New Mexico Oil and Gas Pit Regulation Appeal case.

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12/10/2010 • Back to top

CALL TO ACTION! Please Join Us in Santa Fe and Stand Up for New Mexico’s Pit Rule!

On December 10, District Judge Barbara Vigil will hear oral argument on two appeals of New Mexico’s Pit Rule.  The Oil Conservation Commission passed the Pit Rule in 2008, which requires that oil and gas producers manage their oilfield wastes to protect human health, groundwater and soil. The hearing will be held at the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe at 2:00 p.m. Earthworks’ OGAP will be represented by Eric Jantz, Attorney, New Mexico Environmental Law Center. Learn more about the case.

WHEN:  Friday, December 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:  First Judicial District Court, Catron Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
WEBSITE:  http://www.firstdistrictcourt.com/

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12/09/2010 • Back to top

KSFR Talks to Eric Jantz About Pit Rule, Jobs and Groundwater

The Santa Fe Radio Cafe talks to Staff Attorney Eric Jantz about New Mexico’s economy, uranium mining and the upcoming Pit Rule appeal on Dec. 10th.

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12/08/2010 • Back to top

NM Regulators Approve Gas Emissions Cap

“The Environmental Improvement Board voted 4-1 in favor of the petition by New Energy Economy, which calls for large polluters such as coal-fired power plants and refineries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent per year from 2010 levels.” The Washington Post

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Learn more about the New Mexico Greenhouse Gas Emission Caps case.

12/07/2010 • Back to top

Western Climate Initiative Moves Forward, Smaller Than Imagined

“In New Mexico, time nearly ran out. The same day the board OK’d the rules, Republican Susana Martinez, who is skeptical about man-made global warming and opposes cap and trade, was elected governor. The new board she picks “will be hostile—almost certainly—to climate regulation,” says Bruce Frederick, a lawyer with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.” High Country News

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12/06/2010 • Back to top

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