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Vote for chapter & group executive committees

Vote for chapter & group executive committees

Three candidates are running for three open spots on the Rio Grande Chapter Executive Committee. Only Sierra Club members may vote. Two-member households can vote separately. Ballots must be received by December 9. You can use the mail-in the ballot from the latest newsletter or the electronic ballot in this post ... Read More

PRC hearing examiners recommend NM Gas settlement

PRC hearing examiners recommend NM Gas settlement

On November 11, Public Regulation Commission hearing examiners recommended approval of a settlement agreement between Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, Western Resource Advocates, PRC staff, the New Mexico attorney general, New Mexico Affordable Reliable Energy Alliance, New Energy Economy, and Incorporated County of Los Alamos with New Mexico Gas Company on its rate case.  ... Read More

800 MW of coal no longer burning

800 MW of coal no longer burning

Partially delayed and accompanied by drama and uncertainty, the last operating stack at San Juan Generating Station in Waterflow, N,M., burned its last ton of coal in the early morning of Sept. 29. Read local residents' reactions ... Read More

Residents fight Alto concrete plant

Roper Concrete batch plant in Carrizozo

Roper Construction has appealed the NM Environment Department denial of a permit to build a concrete plant. Local residents oppose the plant. The hearings are October 18-20 ... Read More

Fall 2022 Outings

Fall 2022 Outings

Rio Grande Sierra Club hikes for October through December 2022 ... Read More

Community groups cheer PRC denial of PNM effort to delay rate credits, community transition funds

Community groups cheer PRC denial of PNM effort to delay rate credits, community transition funds

Ruling preserves $8/month savings for average customer, immediate issuance of community funding when San Juan Generating Station closes Sept. 30 For immediate release: July 21, 2022 The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on Thursday denied PNM’s motion for a stay on the commission’s June 29 order, meaning the utility must credit customers for the savings from closing the San Juan Generating Station coal-fired power plant. The commissioners said PNM’s motion did not fulfill any of the four requirements for a stay.   The commission in June agreed with environmental and consumer groups and blocked PNM’s plan to keep charging customers for ... Read More

144,377 New Mexicans, including 38,749 children, Threatened by Oil and Gas Industry Air Pollution

144,377 New Mexicans, including 38,749 children, Threatened by Oil and Gas Industry Air Pollution

A new geospatial analysis released by Earthworks today shows 144,377 New Mexicans including 38,749 children, reside near or attend schools or daycares within a ½ mile threat radius of active oil and gas operations. In the San Juan Basin nearly 80% of the population lives within this radius. In the NM Permian Basin the map shows a nearly 40% increase in Lea County alone of people living within the threat radius since 2017 ... 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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