Press Releases

Methane Waste and Prevention Act introduced
On May 14, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced the Methane Waste and Prevention Act of 2019, a bill that would enact commonsense and cost-effective solutions to reduce methane waste and pollution from oil and gas operations on public lands, protect taxpayers, safeguard public health and mitigate climate change ...
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NRC panel rejects all objections to proposed NM nuclear dump
On May 7, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that its Atomic Safety and Licensing Board had rejected every objection made by intervenors challenging Holtec International’s application to build a storage facility for high-level nuclear waste in southeast New Mexico ...
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Albuquerque moves beyond plastic bags
On April 15, 2019, the City Council of Albuquerque voted to ban single-use plastic bags. It goes into effect January 2020 ...
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Sierra Club responds to PNM announcement of 100% carbon free by 2040
Sierra Club response to PNM's announcement that the power it provides New Mexico will be 100% carbon-free by 2040 ...
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Greater Chaco Coalition responds to Congressional visit on oil and gas impacts
Members of the Congressional House Natural Resources Committee visited New Mexico from April 13 to 15 to learn more about the negative impacts of oil and gas drilling on sacred sites and air quality, especially in the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico ...
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photo of entrance to chaco canyon for sierra club article on history of oil discovery in area
New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Congresswoman Deb Haaland introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019, which would withdraw federal minerals from oil and gas leasing in roughly a 10-mile buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park ...
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Protect Communities, Protect the Climate: No New Leases

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Photos: HERE
Frack Off Greater Chaco videos: HERE


Daniel Tso, Navajo Nation Council Delegate, (928) 318-0039
Rebecca Sobel, Climate and Energy Senior Campaigner, WildEarth Guardians, (267) 402-0724
Miya King-Flaherty, Our Wild New Mexico Organizer, Sierra Club-Rio Grande Chapter, (505) 301-0863

Protect Communities, Protect the Climate: No New Leases

New Mexicans Strike and Sit-In at BLM State Headquarters to Protest New Fracking in Greater Chaco and Greater Carlsbad

Santa Fe, N.M. – Crowds gathered today for a climate strike in front of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state office in Santa Fe to protest the lease sale of 11,000 acres of public and ancestral tribal lands in Greater Chaco and Greater Carlsbad regions. The ...
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Carbon-free is New Mexico law! Gov. Lujan Grisham signs historic legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 22, 2019

Contact: Mona Blaber, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter,
Stephanie Steinbrecher, Sierra Club Ready for 100,

SANTA FE, NM — On Friday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act (SB489), which sets a mandate of 100% carbon-free energy for the entire state.

The bill, introduced in February, was passed by the state legislature last week. The Energy Transition Act will make electricity generation 100 percent carbon-free by 2045 from the state’s investor-owned utilities, and for all rural cooperative utilities by 2050. The law also plans for a just transition for plant and mine workers and provides additional investment in the Four Corners area, where the coal-fired San Juan ...
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