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MEETING POSTPONED: Rio Arriba Planning and Zoning Committee

The Rio Arriba Planning and Zoning Committee was scheduled to meet on February 10, 2010, to discuss Approach Operating LLC’s request for special use permits for five oil and gas wells in the Rio Chama watershed. If approved, these would be the first wells in the Frontier District of Rio Arriba County following the County’s adoption of its new drilling ordinance in 2009.  Approach had sought approval of the permits in December 2009 from the Rio Arriba County Commissioners, but the Commissioners postponed their decision because the company was not clear about where they would obtain water for their operations.

According to the Rio Arriba Planning and Zoning Department, Approach’s permits are now on the Planning and Zoning Committee agenda for March 3.

The meeting will be held at the Tierra Amarilla County Complex in Tierra Amarilla, starting at 1:30.

02/08/2010 • Back to top


Sebia is Back!

Sebia After a seven month medical absence from the Law Center, I was thrilled to return to my position as Development Director on January 4th, 2010. I am actually amazed to be alive and back in action. Some of you may know that on May 16th 2009 I had two brain aneurisms burst, and post surgery I was in recovery until the end of the year either in New Mexico or Texas.  Fortunately the aneurisms burst while I was gardening with my husband so he was able to call for an ambulance immediately.  After treatment, it was absolutely wonderful to get home in mid August and back to my family, friends and broader community which helped my recovery immensely.  Now, I have happily resumed my work with Shelbie and Juana raising money for our efforts to protect New Mexico’s communities, land, air, and water.

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02/03/2010 • Back to top


Environmental Justice: A Vision for Change

“The not so obvious success of the environmental justice movement is the impact its vision has had on our narrative of how we as people interact with Mother Earth.  The Principles of Environmental Justice wove a narrative of social change grounded in the values of equity, justice and sustainability.”

NMELC Board Member and Executive Director of SouthWest Organizing Project, Robby Rodriguez writes for High Country News Blog

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02/02/2010 • Back to top


Act now! Stop $54 Billion in nuclear loan guarantees!

It was announced today that the Department of Energy’s FY 2011 budget is slated to include $54 billion in taxpayer loan guarantees for construction of new nuclear reactors. This follows on President Obama’s State of the Union Speech in which he supported new reactors. This would be a tripling of the current $18.5 billion dollar loan guarantee program! Nuclear Information and Resource Service

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Obama Said to Seek $54 Billion in Nuclear-Power Loans - Business Week

01/29/2010 • Back to top


Nearby residents oppose permit, Homestake still seeking renewal

“Attorney Jonathan Block of the NM Environmental Law Center and expert witness Chris Shuey of the Southwest Research Center question the success of the current Homestake Mining Company’s reclamation project’s success.” Cibola Beacon

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Learn more about the Homestake Discharge Permit case

01/20/2010 • Back to top


Suit could block state action on carbon emissions

” ‘The EIB has the authority under existing law to implement statewide limits on global warming pollution, and we have asked them to exercise that authority in a manner consistent with the latest scientific consensus on climate change,’ Frederick said.” New Mexico Business Weekly

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Learn more about the New Mexico Greenhouse Gas Emission Caps case

01/13/2010 • Back to top


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