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.
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.
For immediate release: May 10, 2017 Contact: Mona Blaber, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter communications, 505-660-5905, email@example.com Today, every Senate Democrat and three Republicans voted down a procedural vote that would have paved the way for revoking a Bureau… Read more >
For immediate release: April 21, 2017 In response to PNM’s proposal to eliminate coal from its energy portfolio by 2031, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman released the following statement: “PNM’s announcement that early retirement of San Juan… Read more >
By Mary Katherine Ray, Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife Chair Bills to prohibit trapping on public land, end killing contests, reform the Game Commission and more did not pass the New Mexico Legislature in a session distracted by other issues and… Read more >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Coal reels as wind and solar rise
Biggest coal plant in West and biggest in NM may both shut by 2023, while renewables get boost
By Mona Blaber, Chapter communications coordinator A seismic shift for energy and the climate has hit the Southwest, and New Mexico in particular. On March 16, Public Service Company of New Mexico announced that it would likely benefit customer bills… Read more >