New Game Commission, old allegiances

Photo of a brown bear cub for the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter website.

Hopes were high when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed a new Game Commission after eight years of wildlife policies that so often dismissed science and contradicted conservation, especially for carnivorous animals. While some welcome changes are on offer, the new Game Commission is still  composed entirely of hunters. The chair and vice chair have both already had long careers as employees of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department.  After several meetings, the allegiances of the new commission have begun to show. 

Concerns about produced-water reuse

Concerns about produced-water reuse

Managing the massive amount of wastewater produced by oil and gas operations has been a challenge for New Mexico that is only increasing. Some wells produce up to 10 times more wastewater than oil. The US produces more than 900 billion gallons of wastewater annually from oil and gas operations – enough to fill more than 1,000 football stadiums. This water contains fracking fluids and subsurface compounds that are released in the fracking process.