“We’re protecting our water,” say two Mora County commissioners who support the ordinance…[Marino] Rivera said those supporting the ordinance knew Mora County would get sued, but he felt it was worth the fight. “The ban is unconstitutional. I think we all knew that going in. CELDF was very upfront about that,” he said. “But we all felt that we were going to get the raw end of the stick anyway. We’re going to get screwed anyway, so let’s at least make a statement.” The Santa Fe New Mexican
11/25/2013 • Back to top
The first county in the country to issue an outright ban against oil and gas hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, has been challenged by a lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M…Mora is not alone, however, in its concerns about fracking. The Los Angeles Times reports that the county has joined a “groundswell of civic opposition” begun in the upper Midwest, New York and Pennsylvania were a fracking boom has brought wealth and environmental anxiety. Pittsburgh was the first U.S. city to ban the process three years ago, and a dozen cities in the East have followed suit. Fronteras
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11/15/2013 • Back to top
NMELC filed a docketing statement for its clients in the appeal over the adoption of the polluting copper regulation - the Copper Rule. The statement, lays out the issues of the appeal including why the Copper Rule is a violation of the new Mexico Water Quality Act.
11/11/2013 • Back to top
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11/07/2013 • Back to top
As a regulator, Olson sought the middle ground between business and environmentalists. The copper rule ultimately proposed by the state was unquestionably good for the mines. But Olson believed last-minute changes made by the Environment Department’s top brass upended New Mexico’s Water Quality Act by giving mines a free pass to sully groundwater. The rulemaking had become political. To Olson, it was jeopardizing one of the public’s most precious resources. High Country News
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10/15/2013 • Back to top
Attorney General Gary King and environmental groups are appealing a decision by the Water Quality Control Commission to weaken groundwater rules for copper mines in the state…Separately, the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) and Turner Ranch Properties, L.P., represented by New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC), and Amigos Bravos represented by High Desert Energy + Environment Law Partners, filed an appeal against the rule. New Mexico Telegram
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10/10/2013 • Back to top