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

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

For immediate release: June 16, 2021    Contact: Camilla Feibelman, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter director, 505.715.8388  camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org Albuquerque, NM — On Tuesday, 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. The Sierra Club joined environmental and community organizations in seeking to intervene in the case to defend the pause, citing climate, economic and public-health concerns, but ... Read More

Sierra Club Outings to Resume July 5th

Sierra Club Outings to Resume July 5th

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

Sierra Club Welcomes Haaland as Secretary of the Interior 

Sierra Club Welcomes Haaland as Secretary of the Interior 

The Senate confirmed Deb Haaland on March 15 to lead the Department of the Interior. Haaland is the first Native American to hold a cabinet position.  ... Read More

Pandemic Outings

Pandemic Outings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Sierra Club outings and in-person events have been cancelled through February 2021. While we’re all disappointed, we understand that everyone's health and safety are most important. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and go for a hike! Our do-it-yourself outings are designed with you in mind and offer a range of difficulties and outdoor experiences. We hope you’ll climb the mountains and receive their good tidings during this challenging time ... 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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