San Agustin basin under study by NMBGR

“Data may ultimately decide the case against Augustin Plains Ranch LLC and its effort to pump 54,000 acre-feet of water per year from beneath the San Agustin Plains Basin. And data currently being collected by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources could be used to determine the outcome of the case. The bureau is a non-regulatory research-oriented division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology in Socorro.” El Defensor Chieftain

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

12/30/2009 • Back to top

Law Center Files Expert Testimony in Homestake Uranium Discharge Permitting Case

The NMELC filed expert testimony for clients Bluewater Valley Downstream Alliance (BVDA) in the matter of the discharge permit (DP-725) for the Homestake uranium tailings reclamation superfund site. Expert witness Paul Robinson of Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC), examined the permit along with supporting and historic documents and concluded in his testimony that modifications should be made in order to assure the public health and safety in the process of remediating the site.

A public hearing will be held to determine if the permit will be approved as issued or modified.

Homestake discharge permit case.

12/28/2009 • Back to top

Underused Drilling Practices Could Avoid Pollution

This is a really good article, and demonstrates that local laws make the drilling industry use less toxic materials. Eric Jantz

“As environmental concerns threaten to derail natural gas drilling projects across the country, the energy industry has developed innovative ways to make it easier to exploit the nation’s reserves without polluting air and drinking water.”

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12/15/2009 • Back to top

What the Nuclear Boosters Don’t Tell You

“Uranium mining is rarely talked about in the media, yet it is indispensable to the nuclear fuel chain. Gallons of ink have been spilled on the dangers of nuclear power plants and problems of storing highly poisonous nuclear waste.  But the toxic legacy (and equally toxic future) of uranium mining gets little press.  And that’s a shame, because it all begins with uranium ore.” The Grange Blog

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12/04/2009 • Back to top

Dueling Claims: A tribal attempt to protect Mt Taylor sparks battle over ancient claims to the land

“During a November 2008 public hearing for Neutron’s exploration permit, some of the crowd erupted again, recalls New Mexico Environmental Law Center attorney Eric Jantz, who has been working with the Acomas. ‘There’s an element, I think, of revisionist history: One of the land grant people made a public comment to the effect that they were there first, and the tribal folks had no right,’ he says.” - High Country News

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12/01/2009 • Back to top

Catron County Confluence

“Little is understood about how other water systems in the area—the Gila Watershed, for example—might be affected by drawing so much water from the San Agustin Basin. The lack of an up-to-date hydrological study worries local ranchers…” High Country News

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11/23/2009 • Back to top

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