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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

Summer 2021 Outings

Summer 2021 Outings

After a 16-month hiatus, the Rio Grande Chapter will once again be offering hikes, walks and tours beginning July 5th ... Read More

Rio Chama, Pecos focus of privatization scheme

Rio Chama, Pecos focus of privatization scheme

Fishermen and river-running enthusiasts in New Mexico are the targets of a stealthy and well-funded campaign to bar recreational access to segments of the Rio Chama and Pecos Rivers, among others, where they cross private land. The principal battleground is the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, where five wealthy private landowners have pending applications for “certificates of non-navigability.” These certificates empower them to outlaw recreational entry to private property via the rivers. The Game Commission has postponed its decision on the new round of non-navigable applications to its regular meeting on August 12 ... 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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