“SANTA FE, NM - The forces of nature that have shaped the beautiful New Mexico landscape, and inspired the likes of such artists as Georgia O’Keefe, will continue to make our surroundings even more dramatic in the future. That’s the prediction of geologist Kirt Kempter. ” Public News Service
SANTA FE NM - “A recent change in state rules that weakened environmental protections for oil field waste pits could be “the pits” for New Mexico’s groundwater quality. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center has filed an appeal with the district court in Santa Fe, arguing that the Oil Conservation Commission made the changes under pressure from the governor and industry.” Public News Service
Santa Fean Magazine talks to the Law Center’s Communications and Public Ed. Associate, Juana Colón about the Justice Bar.
See the article in the “City Different” section of the October/November issue. Thanks Santa Fean!
Bill Dupuy interviews staff attorney Bruce Frederick on the appeal filed against the NM Oil Conservation Commission.
“New Mexico’s revamped pit rule for oil and gas waste faces yet another appeal. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center is appealing in state District Court, claiming the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission weakened its original rule by allowing a higher level of chloride in waste pits.” Santa Fe New Mexican
In the print version of the October 2009 issue, you will find Justice Bars in their Unique Boutique Section! Thanks New Mexico Magazine!
To learn more about our yummy chocolate bars and to order your own, check out our Justice Bar page.
Associated Press - “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will require more detailed environmental studies of proposed new in-situ uranium mines in the western United States.”
“...one has to take wait and see attitude because you’re dealing with an agency that has a very bad history in terms of handling these kinds of matters.” Jonathan Block, Law Center Staff Attorney.
Gallup Independent - “Eric Jantz of New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which represented Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, or ENDAUM, said the decision is important ‘not only for our client, but for Indian tribes as a whole.’”
“I think that the court’s decision was pretty common sensical. If that corner section of land isn’t Indian Country, I can’t imagine what would be,” Jantz said. “You’re looking at a place that’s within a community within boundaries of a chapter that’s 97 percent Navajo. It’s very clear that the subsistence economy and the culture in the area is Navajo. To say there is anything other than a Navajo community is absurd.”
KUNM Speaks to Bruce Frederick, Law Center Staff Attorney, and Jim Norton, Director of New Mexico’s Environmental Protection Division regarding EPA’s proposal last week to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Gallup Independent: “WINDOW ROCK — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has upheld a 2007 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior decision that Hydro Resources Inc.’s Churchrock Section 8 mine site is located in ‘Indian Country.’”
“This is a huge victory, and if upheld on further appeal, will set precedent for regulating non-Indian activities on non-Indian lands inside dependent Indian communities,” Chris Shuey of SRIC said.
Public News Service speaks to Law Center’s Eric Jantz about today’s hearing in Santa Fe.
“Making sure that sour economic times now and in the future don’t leave a bad taste in New Mexico’s water. That’s what local environmental groups are doing as they review and comment on proposed new regulations for mining exploration in the state. The state Mining Commission holds a public hearing today on proposed changes intended to strengthen rules to protect groundwater from mining contamination.” Read Full Article
Rob DeWalt of the Santa Fe New Mexican gives Justice Bars the cover story in today’s Taste Section!
"If we were going to do this, the final product had to reflect the sense of community and environmental stewardship that the law center has promoted and protected for more than two decades." Sebia Hawkins, Director of Development. Read the Full Article
“Eric Jantz, staff attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, says a provision that could guarantee up to $50 billion in loans for construction of new nuclear power plants has worked its way into the Senate version of the federal economic recovery package. He worries that could lead to a resurgence of the uranium mining and milling industry that has had such a checkered history in New Mexico.”
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Executive Director Douglas Meiklejohn and Staff Attorney Eric Jantz are interviewed by the Santa Fe Radio Cafe covering legislative topics with which the Law Center will be involved. Listen to the Interview
“KUNM’s Jim Williams reports from Santa Fe, one prominent environmental advocate who sat on the governor’s panel is now pushing a more ambitious proposal of his own.” Listen to interview with John Fogarty of New Energy Economy and staff attorney Bruce Frederick.