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From a Tiny Town, A Cautionary Tale for Environmental Advocates

“Douglas Meiklejohn…has ‘very serious concerns about the impact of this verdict.’ He said that ‘against somebody like Arturo Uribe with limited economic means,’ the $75,000 in punitive damages ‘sends quite a clear message to people in similar circumstances that if you speak out, you may very well get punished for it, and severely punished.’ ” Next American City

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06/04/2010 • Back to top


‘Water grab’ protesters unite

“Fredrick said at the time that he hoped to get the case thrown out on legal grounds. He said Augustin Plains Ranch doesn’t own the rights to the water it plans to pump, so the application is frivolous. ‘Basically they’re staking a claim, and you can’t do that under western water law,’ he said. ‘So, in my opinion, it’s defective on its face. We’re going to try to nip it in the bud on legal grounds before it gets to experts.’ ” El Defensor Chieftain

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Learn more about the San Augustin Plains Ranch water rights application case.

06/03/2010 • Back to top


Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments Monday, June 7th @ 1:30 PM

On Monday, we will witness an historic hearing before the New Mexico Supreme Court.  The Law Center’s own Bruce Frederick will ask the justices to order a Lovington judge to stop interfering in the Environmental Improvement Board’s right to hear our climate change petition. But this case is now far more than a greenhouse gas case: the Lovington decision – if not thrown out – will not only kill our petition, but threatens the State’s process for considering all regulations (environmental and non-environmental) at the State level.

The hearing will be at 1:30 pm on Monday, June 7th at the Supreme Court in Santa Fe. If you wish to attend, arrive early – we anticipate that the arguments will take place before a packed room. 

If you can’t attend, you can check our website on the afternoon of the 7th to learn the outcome, or sign up for our Twitter feed.

06/02/2010 • Back to top


Navajo Petition Against Uranium Mining Is Denied - ‘America’s First Warriors’ - Uranium Question

” ‘This is sad day for justice,” said Eric Jantz, staff attorney at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center…‘The evidence was clear that wholesale groundwater pollution and radioactive air contamination will result from HRI’s mining operations, but based on a legal technicality, the 10th Circuit has allowed this injustice to continue,’ ” Before It’s News

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06/02/2010 • Back to top


NM Supreme Court to Hear Challenge in GHG Case

NM Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on June 7th regarding our client, New Energy Economy’s, petition regarding reversing a district judge’s decision that stopped the greenhouse gas emissions rulemaking.

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

05/24/2010 • Back to top


PRESS RELEASE: 10th Circuit Court Refuses to Review NRC Decision

SANTA FE, N.M. –  In a four sentence order yesterday, the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to review a panel decision in community members’ appeal of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) decision to grant Hydro Resources, Inc. a license to mine uranium in Crownpoint and Church Rock.

Eastern Navajo Dine against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM), Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC), and the NMELC, have been fighting the NRC and Hydro Resources, for the past fifteen years, demanding that they keep out of Navajo communities in New Mexico.

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Learn more about the Hydro Resources, Inc. uranium mines case.

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05/19/2010 • Back to top


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