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20 Stories - Focusing on all
that has seen the Law Center from its earliest days to the present.

Eleanor and Thomas Wootten


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Tyrone Mine Reclamaition


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This issue marks the third of four Green Fire Reports that will celebrate the Law Center's 20th Anniversary over the next year.


Navajo Communities Get 15 Minutes in Court

After 12 Years of Fighting Uranium Mining. “This is the fullest I’ve ever seen this place,” overheard in Courtroom II just before the hearing of oral arguments on May 12th, 2008 in Denver, CO. Community members from Crownpoint and Church Rock, including nine middleschoolers, Students Against Uranium Mining or SAUM (photo right), drove up the night before to attend the hearing that will directly affect the quality of their drinking water. Read more.


20 Years, 20 Stories

New Mexico Mining Act: An Environmental Victory in the State Legislature Mining is one of the most toxic industries in the West. Despite that, before 1993 New Mexico had no law requiring reclamation of hard rock mines. The enactment of the New Mexico Mining Act changed that dramatically; it is in many ways the most stringent mining law in the West.
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Case Updates

  • Oil Pit Rule Victory Good News for groundwater. Read more.
  • Mora Fights Oil and Gas Drilling Mora County’s current oil and gas drilling ordinance needs to be amended to better protect public welfare and the environment. Read more.
  • Law Center & GRIP defend WQA The The New Mexico Water
    Quality Control Commission (WQCC) is poised to decide whether the groundwater below the Tyrone mine, located outside of Silver City, is
    worthy of protection under the New Mexico Water Quality Act (WQA). Read more.



1872 Mining Law Reform Progress Half-way there, but still a long row to hoe! On November 1, 2007, for only the third time in 136 years, the US House of Representatives passed a bill (HR 2262) that would substantially change the way that hard rock mining occurs on public lands. The bill passed handily with the vote of 244 to 166. Read more.

Green Business Partners Update We have two new exciting opportunities to tell you about. The first is a terrific offer from Law Center supporter Cliff Feigenbaum, editor and publisher of GreenMoney Journal, the second is a great opportunity from Law Center supporter Dr. Leslie Lakind. Read more.


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