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
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“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
Learn more about the New Mexico Greenhouse Gas Emission Caps case.
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“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
12/06/2010 • Back to top
There’s concern among environmentalists in New Mexico that the incoming Martinez administration will roll back some of the rules and controls placed on such businesses as the drilling industry. One of these is the so-called Pit Rule. The state’s current rule requires oil drillers to use more efficient liners in open pits where waste from drilling is dumped. And in some cases, the waste has to be hauled away. The issue is going to court in a few days to hear industry’s appeal of the rule. Managers in the current administration are preparing for that hearing and so is the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. We asked lawyer Bruce Frederick of the law center to bring us up to date on the issue.
12/02/2010 • Back to top
It is also the first time “that the NRC has issued a license for mining in a high-quality drinking water aquifer, despite the fact that no ISL mines have ever been reclaimed to pre-mining condition,” Eric Jantz, center attorney, said. Indian Country Today
Learn more about the Hydro Resources, Inc. uranium mines case.
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