Author Archive: Ellen Loehman

What You Need to Know About Sandoval County’s Oil and Gas Ordinance

For the past 18 months, Sandoval County Commission has been undergoing a process of formulating its oil and gas ordinance. The ordinance was initially pursued in November 2015 when SandRidge Energy Inc., an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company, applied for a special-use permit. Since then, citizens’ groups have organized to give formal comment, input and reports for inclusion in the ordinance to ensure protections from extractive industry impacts–including all surface impacts. The latest draft does not reflect public input.

Meet-and-greet: Candidates for MRGCD

On Tuesday, May 23, the Sierra Club will host a meet-and-greet with Karen Dunning and Joaquín Baca.  Karen and Joaquín are candidates who have been endorsed by the Sierra Club in the June 6 election for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Board… Read more >

NM Groups Glad Methane-Waste Rule is Safe, for Now

Albuquerque, NM – Last week, with three Republicans siding with Democrats, the U.S. Senate narrowly halted a bid to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s natural-gas waste rule. But that doesn’t mean the rule’s fate has been decided. Comments from Mona Blaber (BLAY-ber), communications coordinator, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter.

Seeking student Water Sentinels

By Eric Patterson Water Sentinels — Rios de Taos has been awarded a grant to encourage student participation in water-monitoring activities and the general environmental activities of Sierra Club. We will continue to work with Taos High School students —… Read more >

Sierra Club intervenes in PNM rate case

By Mona Blaber,  Chapter communications coordinator Late last year, PNM filed a case seeking to increase electricity rates by an average of about 14% — right on the heels of another rate increase approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation… Read more >

EPA protects us; let’s protect it

By Denise Fort, Chapter Energy chair President Donald Trump’s budget represents an unprecedented attack on the agencies that protect our environment, and, perhaps more ominously, on science. We need to communicate to everyone — the media, elected officials, civic groups,… Read more >

Hope for slashing methane waste

By Camilla Feibelman,  Chapter director Common-sense, climate-protecting methane rules have been targeted as the next victim of an obscure tool that President Trump and congressional Republicans have used to revoke stream protections and other air and water safeguards. But the… Read more >

Volunteerism, membership skyrocket

By Mona Blaber,  Chapter communications coordinator The election of President Donald Trump, his anti-environment Cabinet appointees and a Congress insistent on unraveling climate, water, wildlife and lands protections have been frightening, but they have unleashed a powerful citizen determination. Membership… Read more >

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