Press Releases

BLM Finalizes Methane Rule Delay
Today, Secretary Zinke finalized his delay of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention rule until January 2019. The rule was designed to limit the waste of $330 million-dollars worth of methane from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands each year through leaks, flaring and intentional releases ...
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Sandoval officials side with Big Oil and Gas over residents

For immediate release: Sept. 14, 2017
Last week, the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend an oil and gas ordinance that would bypass public input and endanger drinking water. But there’s still time to stop it.

Commissioner Dan Stoddard’s ordinance, recommended Tuesday with few changes by the P and Z Commission, would give county staff sole authority to approve or deny drilling applications.

“Staff could allow oil and gas drilling without public notice, hearings or a vote by the county commission,” Rio Grande Sierra Club Public Lands Fellow Miya King-Flaherty said.

“All an oil or gas company has to do is to fill out an application. The staff is only required to make sure it is ...
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Gov. Martinez’s twisting of science is dangerous and bad for education
New Mexico’s Public Education Department released proposed science standards that scrubs climate change and even the age of the Earth from our schools. This is the response of the Rio Grande Sierra Club ...
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Photo of Organ Mountains by the Bureau of Land Management for an article by the Rio Grande Sierra Club about Organ Mountains / Four Corners Legislation passed by Sens. Udall and Heinrich
In response to Secretary Zinke's call to change management of our newest national monuments, the Rio Grande Chapter has organized rallies across the state ...
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Sierra Club Statement on Trump's Termination of DACA

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Contact: Lauren Lantry,

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today in the midst of a national emergency along the Gulf Coast, Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, is set to announce the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving it up to congress to protect the more than 800,000 young undocumented immigrants in the program. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protections from deportations and the ability to work and attend school for young undocumented immigrants, or Dreamers, brought to the U.S. as children. Houston is home to 56,800 dreamers.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

Trump’s mean-spirited decision to terminate DACA endangers the safety of hundreds ...
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The Sierra Club and partners filed a lawsuit challenging BLM’s recent decision to suspend key parts of the BLM Methane rule ...
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New Mexicans, Four Corners Residents Testify in DC to Protect EPA Methane Rules

For immediate release: July 11th, 2017
Contact: Camilla Feibelman, camilla.feibelman@sierraclub. org, 505.715.8388

Washington, DC – Yesterday an array of New Mexicans and Four Corners area residents testified in Washington DC against a delay of the EPA’s methane pollution standards. The agency should have implemented the Leak Detection and Repair aspect of the rule at the beginning of June, but attempted to stay these rules for 90-days, and action which a DC court denied. The Washington hearings are part of an additional, formal public process to delay the rule for 2 years. Moms, doctors and tribal leaders expressed deep concerns about the agencies actions and the impact on the climate, culture and communities.

Live feed from yesterday’s hearings.

Bios and Quotes ...
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Photo of natural gas fire by Tod Baker for an article by the Rio Grande Sierra Club about oil and gas risks in New Mexico

For Immediate Release

CONTACTS: Alan Septoff, Earthworks, 202-271-2355,
Stuart Ross, Clean Air Task Force, 914-649-5037,

Hundreds of thousands threatened by Pruitt’s proposal to block EPA oil & gas methane safeguards

As impacted citizens testify that ‘stay’ will harm their health, new analysis shows over 200,000 live within ½ mile threat radius of 18,000 affected facilities

Washington, D.C., July 10th –On the same day the Environmental Protection Agency takes public comment on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to stay for 2 years the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to limit oil and gas methane pollution, a new analysis shows more than 203,000 Americans, including more than 51,000 children, live within ½ mile of the more than 18,000 oil and gas facilities affected by ...
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