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Don’t let NM double drilling density

Don't let NM double drilling density

Just before the current administration leaves power, it may change the rules so natural-gas companies can drill twice the wells in the same space in New Mexico. Hilcorp Energy currently has applied to the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission for a rule change to double the number of natural-gas wells allowed in the Blanco-Mesaverde gas pool across San Juan and Rio Arriba counties. That’s bad news for the air quality of 13,000 children and adults in San Juan County who already struggle with asthma. Please attend the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission Hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at ... Read More

NM environmental champs win big!

NM environmental champs win big!

WOW. With Wednesday afternoon’s stunning victory for Xochitl Torres Small, the results are in, and your votes and volunteering helped environmental champions win nearly every race the Sierra Club endorsed in New Mexico.  This is truly exciting. This means we can make so much more progress — and start to fix all the damage inflicted in the past eight years. With Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a massive influx of true environmental champions in the state House, plus Stephanie Garcia Richard overcoming $2 million of oil money spent to defeat her and Steve Fischmann bringing his energy expertise to the Public Regulation Commission, we can: — Reach 100% renewable ... Read More

Endorsements for the 2018 Election

Endorsements for the 2018 Election

As we have seen in the past two years, the people who set - and approve - policy have a tremendous impact on our climate, water, land and wildlife. An important part of our nonpartisan mission is to endorse candidates for elected office and work to elect those candidates. Our endorsements and volunteer power make a real difference in elections. Read our endorsements for New Mexico and West Texas ... Read More

Zinke Proposes More Fracking in Greater Chaco, Despite Need for More Analysis

Zinke Proposes More Fracking in Greater Chaco, Despite Need for More Analysis

Lease sale targets the same region as a March sale deferred due to need for more cultural review and consultation ... Read More

Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal

Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal

Holtec International has a controversial plan to store up to 100,000 tons of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear-reactor waste, for as long as 120 years, at a site between Hobbs and Carlsbad. More than 10,000 rail cars of high-level radioactive waste will be dumped on New Mexico if this project is approved. Opponents are concerned about the health, safety, transportation, financial, and environmental-justice aspects of storing high-level radioactive waste that would impact thousands of generations to come ... Read More

Looking back at 55 years of the Rio Grande Chapter

Looking back at 55 years of the Rio Grande Chapter

2018 is our 55th anniversary. Throughout the year, in the Sierran and on our website, we'll be looking back at some of the events, issues, victories and struggles that shaped New Mexico and El Paso ... Read More

Rio Grande Chapter

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer-led organization representing  more than 10,000 members in New Mexico and West Texas. Our mission to is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet, and we prioritize action on protecting our climate, clean air, clean water, and conservation of wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.


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