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Fall 2021 Outings

Fall 2021 Outings

Join us for outings, work projects and other outdoor-oriented events ... Read More

Virtual Art Show – Recycled Art

Virtual Art Show – Recycled Art

Join us online for a juried recycled art exhibition. Of 77 entries, 35 were chosen and are listed in order of the 6 prize winners and then alphabetical by artist. Twelve of the entries are for sale, the price included in the title. All sales benefit the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter ... Read More

Rio Grande Chapter statement on Interior Department lease announcement

image of Oil and gas fields near Chaco

The U.S. Interior Department issued a statement on August 16 announcing that it will fight the Louisiana U.S. District Court judge’s injunction on its oil and gas leasing moratorium but comply with the judge’s order to resume federal oil and gas lease sales ... Read More

Community secures health, climate concessions on Newman 6

Community secures health, climate concessions on Newman 6

On August 17, the Chaparral Coalition for Community Health and the Environment, the Sierra Club, and Earthworks (the Community Groups) reached an agreement with El Paso Electric (EPE) that will substantially reduce air pollution in El Paso and southern New Mexico. The agreement will temporarily block new fossil fuel power plant construction while pushing EPE toward a clean energy future ... Read More

NM is stalling on Clean Cars: Let’s get them started

NM is stalling on Clean Cars: Let's get them started

New Mexico has pledged to create Clean Cars standards to tackle the climate emergency — but the state’s timeline could delay adoption for years. So we did it for them.  ... Read More

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter responds to court order on leasing pause

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter responds to court order on leasing pause

On June 16, a federal judge temporarily blocked the Biden administration's pause on new oil and gas leasing on federal public lands pending reviewing of the Interior Department’s leasing program. The court’s preliminary injunction, which applies to Interior leasing nationwide, harms the needed transition from fossil-fuel pollution and efforts to address the climate emergency ... Read More

NM Environment Department proposes improved methane safeguards

NM Environment Department proposes improved methane safeguards

May 6, 2021 | News Release Today, the New Mexico Environment Department proposed new rules to limit emissions from oil and gas operations in the state by requiring companies to detect and repair leaks as well as control other pollution sources. The new rules aim to elevate New Mexico’s position for clean air regulations on the oil and gas industry among major-producing states from worst to first. Today’s rules combine with companion rules from the state’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) limiting industry venting and flaring of methane targeting that goal. “The Environment Department responded to our call and the call from ... Read More

Let’s build a clean-energy economy in New Mexico

Let's build a clean-energy economy in New Mexico

Climate change is a global emergency. From dead junipers made more susceptible to bark beetles because of drought to declining reservoir levels and agricultural yields, we are feeling climate disruption now, and scientists tell us we need bold action to prevent it from getting much, much worse. Ask the governor to sign these bills for a clean-energy transition: Community solar  |  Sustainable Economy Task Force  |  Air-Quality safeguards ... 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 protecting our climate, air, water, wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.


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Upcoming events

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