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Deadline tomorrow: Help NM slash climate-damaging methane waste

Deadline tomorrow: Help NM slash climate-damaging methane waste

Just one day left to urge New Mexico to develop the strongest possible safeguards to reduce the oil and gas industry’s methane pollution It’s crunch time! Please raise your voice to urge the state to slash climate-damaging oil and gas methane waste. Methane is a greenhouse gas 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. It is also the main component of natural gas. But during the fracking process, New Mexico oil and gas companies leak, vent and flare so much methane into the atmosphere that the amount wasted could heat every home in our state. When methane leaks, it’s accompanied ... Read More

Legislative Fact Sheets

Legislative Fact Sheets

The 2020 New Mexico Legislature ends on February 20. Although primarily a short, budget-focussed session, we have hopes of enacting significant environmental protection and mitigation laws. These one pagers go into greater detail on some of our top priority bills ... Read More

2020 Legislative Tracker

See a list of priority bills for the current session that the Rio Grande Chapter is watching ... Read More

Breaking: Supreme Court rules that Energy Transition Act applies

Breaking: Supreme Court rules that Energy Transition Act applies

On January 29, the New Mexico Supreme Court made a quick and unambiguous ruling that the Public Regulation Commission must apply the law of the land – last year's landmark Energy Transition Act — to PNM's case to retire San Juan coal plant ... Read More

Want to lead hikes for the Rio Grande Sierra Club?

Want to lead hikes for the Rio Grande Sierra Club?

We want you! As a Sierra Club Outings leader, join others in exploring our wild lands and share your love for nature with others. You could be hiking, backpacking, kayaking, bicycling or doing service work — it’s up to you, because you ultimately design and lead your own outings ... Read More

NM community leaders applaud Oil Conservation Commission for adopting oil and gas enforcement rules

NM community leaders applaud Oil Conservation Commission for adopting oil and gas enforcement rules

Community leaders across New Mexico applauded the Oil Conservation Commission for acting to protect the state’s air and water resources from oil and gas pollution by adopting new enforcement rules under legislation adopted in the 2019 session ... Read More

Legislature 2020: Much to accomplish in not much time

Legislature 2020: Much to accomplish in not much time

The 2020 Legislative session kicks off on Jan. 21, and this year Environment Day will be on Jan. 28. As you may know, 2020 will be a short 30-day session, the purpose of which is to enact the state’s budget. This year, though, because our governor has made climate a priority, the Legislature will be hearing several clean-energy-related bills in addition to the state budget ... Read More

Sierra Club expert: Renewables are best option to replace San Juan coal

Sierra Club expert: Renewables are best option to replace San Juan coal

Renewables and battery storage have become cheaper than coal power, and according to a Sierra Club expert, they are now cheaper and a better option for New Mexico than gas, as well ... 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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