Press Releases

Trump Administration Guts Second Oil and Gas Waste and Pollution Rule in a Week
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rolled back its Methane Waste Rule just seven days after the Trump administration gutted EPA rules to reduce methane pollution ...
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EPA: Oil and Gas Wells Can Keep on Polluting and Wasting Methane

For Immediate Release: September 11, 2018

Contact: Camilla Feibelman,, 505.715.8388

Agency Guts Leak-Reduction Safeguards; Citizens Protest

Today, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler proposed weakening the EPA’s Methane Rules, which have been in force for almost a year, for the oil and gas industry. When first proposed under the Obama Administration, more than 27,000 New Mexicans commented in favor of these rules meant to stop oil and gas waste and pollution.

These common-sense safeguards limit the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas infrastructure, and also protect communities from other harmful pollutants released alongside methane, such as benzene and volatile organic compounds.  Residents throughout New Mexico are directly affected by this pollution and ...
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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 ...
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Zinke meets privately in New Mexico while public is locked outside
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was in New Mexico July 25 for an unannounced, closed-door event at the Tamaya resort. The citizens who showed up to protest Interior Department actions were locked out, and not even allowed on Tamaya grounds ...
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Community, Tribal, and Faith Leaders Protest DOI Royalty Policy Committee in Albuquerque
Community, religious, and Tribal leaders rallied in Albuquerque June 6 outside of the Interior Department’s industry-packed Royalty Policy Committee meeting to protest further attempts to reduce royalty rates for extraction of fossil fuels on public lands and the Trump Administration’s prioritization of industry voices over the public good ...
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Additional public meetings on NM nuclear dump scheduled


Growing concern across the state about the risks of a controversial proposal to store high-level radioactive waste in Southeast New Mexico has resulted in the addition of two Nuclear Regulatory Commission public meetings and an extension of the public comment period from May 29 to July 30.

The public meetings are set for Gallup and Albuquerque. In addition, the New Mexico Legislature’s Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Interim Committee will hold a meeting to address state impacts of the plan on May 18.

Holtec International wants to create a dump for supposedly “interim” storage of the nation’s deadliest high-level radioactive waste at a site between Hobbs and Carlsbad, N.M. The waste is unlikely to move ...
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Comments: NM VW Trust Fund
The Rio Grande Sierra Club submitted comments to the NM Environment Department urging them to use our share of the VW settlement to reduce NOx pollution by supporting electric vehicles ...
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SE New Mexico businesspeople voice concerns about storage site
“We don’t want it,” say local businesspeople concerned about radioactive-waste impacts of proposed SE New Mexico nuclear storage site. Read the 4/30/2018 press release ...
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