Judge Says Appeal against Santolina Development Can Move Forward

“...the people who are going to be affected are watching, and asking, ‘when will one of these institutions protect us?’”
Roberto Roibal, Southwest Organizing Project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Today, parties were notified that state District Court Judge Nancy Franchini ruled against Santolina developer Western Albuquerque Land Holdings (WALH) in its effort to shut down an appeal by three public-interest groups. The judge’s decision allows the public-interest groups and individuals to pursue their appeal of the Level A Master Plan and zoning change for the proposed mega-development.

The SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), Pajarito Village Association and New Mexico Health Equity Working Group appealed the decision to the Second District Court of New Mexico last year. The groups are represented by the non-profit New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC).

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04/29/2016 • Back to top

International Tribunal Holds Hearing on Water and Sanitation in U.S.

“I literally can’t imagine the most powerful country in the world having these kinds of stories. There should not be these gaps.”

So responded Margarette May Macaulay, Commissioner with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), after hearing from groups that lack access to clean water and/or sanitation in the United States. Don’t miss testimony by New Mexico’s own Terecita Keyanna (Red Water Pond Road Community). See video.

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04/07/2016 • Back to top

Law Center asks NM Supreme Court to Review Pit Rule

On March 24, the Law Center and its client, the Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP), asked the state Supreme Court to review a recent state Court of Appeals decision upholding the Martinez administration’s amendments to the Pit Rule. The 2013 Amendments to the Pit Rule, as you may recall, allow the oil and gas industry to bury hazardous wastes onsite, allows them to site pits closer to streams and lakes, groundwater, homes, and schools, and allows companies to build multi-acre “frack lakes” to store waste from multiple wells. The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a co-petitioner.

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04/06/2016 • Back to top

10 Devastating Radiation Accidents They Never Tell You About

This article vividly illustrates what nuclear impacted communities have known for decades.

Humanity has been experimenting with nuclear power for decades, so it’s no surprise that a few accidents have occurred along the way. Actually, there’ve been more than a few… ListVerse.com

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03/28/2016 • Back to top

NM Supreme Court Asked to Review Pit Rule

On March 24, we asked New Mexico’s highest court to review the state’s Pit Rule. (The Pit Rule governs the storage and disposal of onsite oil and gas drilling wastes.) Governor Martinez’s appointees to the NM Oil Conservation Commission gutted the Pit Rule’s protections in 2013. Read press release.

Thank you to our members for helping us keep up this important fight!

Our petition asks the Court to overturn the 2013 amendments, and restore the protective Pit Rule adopted in 2008. NMELC represents Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) in this case, and was joined in the petition by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

Read the petition. Get our Pit Rule Fact Sheet.

03/25/2016 • Back to top

Navajo Diné Fight Uranium Resources Inc. Mining Permits In New Mexico

“The type of uranium mining (URI) is proposing would contaminate potable water with radiation and heavy metals, making it unfit for consumption forever,” says Eric Jantz, a lawyer with New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) that helped ENDAUM fight the mine. Corp Watch

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03/25/2016 • Back to top

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