Attempt to push back Santolina decision fails

The Bernalillo County Commission voted Tuesday against pushing back a decision on the Santolina Master Plan. Commissioner Debbie O’Malley sponsored an initiative to allow an additional 90 days for more public input. The attempt failed on a 3 to 2 vote. Maggie Hart Stebbins was the only other commissioner to vote in favor of the delay…“The sheer size of something like this, I thought, required a lot of public input,” O’Malley said. New Mexico Political Report

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Water, ‘systems thinking’ and Santolina’s tangled history
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04/15/2015 • Back to top

Appeals Court upholds NM Copper Mine Rule

The New Mexico Court of Appeals this week upheld the recently adopted Copper Mine Rule that is designed to manage groundwater impacts from copper mining operations. The court found that the Copper Rule does not permit widespread groundwater pollution as alleged by the appellants, the state Environment Department said in a news release. Albuquerque Journal

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04/09/2015 • Back to top

Southern NM Dairies to Monitor More Wells

LAS CRUCES – Southern New Mexico residents and local dairies have agreed to place new requirements on the industry’s plan to abate groundwater contamination.

Eleven dairies milking thousands of cows operate in the vicinity of Anthony and Mesquite in Doña Ana County. Concerns about groundwater contamination from the manure associated with the dairies led to two days of hearings last week in Anthony and a proposed settlement.

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03/30/2015 • Back to top

Bernalillo County Commission puts off decision on massive development

Last week, more than two hundred New Mexicans marched through downtown Albuquerque to a Bernalillo County Commission special zoning meeting. Farmers rode tractors and mothers pushed babies in strollers, part of a sea of marchers in yellow shirts who converged on the meeting to express their outrage at the Santolina development, a city-sized development proposed for the mesa top west of Albuquerque.

Rather than listen to them, the Commissioners attended to procedural matters for Wednesday’s portion of the meeting.

With disenfranchisement and at least one conflict of interest already hallmarks of this proceeding, our clients, the Southwest Organizing Project, NM Health Equity Working Group and Pajarito Village Association, are counting on the Law Center for high-quality pro bono legal representation in these legal proceedings.

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03/30/2015 • Back to top

A Quick Enviro Review of the 2015 NM Legislative Session

Whew! It was a long legislative session, but none of the dangerous environmental bills that were introduced made it into law. A huge thanks to our Law Center supporters, who helped make that possible. Foundation grants don’t support this type of work, so we rely on our members to ensure that our staff can provide critical environmental defense at the Roundhouse!

With help from our members, we were able to kill every bill we were fighting, from the ones that would have stopped counties from regulating oil and gas drilling to an effort to gut the state’s Mining Act. Follow the link to see some of the biggest threats that you helped stop in their tracks.

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03/30/2015 • Back to top

County Delays Vote on Massive Development

The Bernalillo County Commission voted on March 26th to resume its hearing on the proposed Santolina development in May. The city-sized Santolina development, slated for the west mesa overlooking Albuquerque, is promising 75,000 permanent jobs and housing for 90,000 residents.

NMELC Executive Director Douglas Meiklejohn is lead counsel on the case for the SouthWest Organizing Project, the NM Health Equity Partnership, and the Pajarito Village Association. Doug filed two motions for this hearing: a Request for Recusal and Alternative Motion for Dismissal of Bernalillo County Commissioner Art de la Cruz and a Motion to Postpone the Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners Hearings on Appeals Concerning the Proposed Santolina Development Hearing

You can find out more about the Santolina Project at Contra Santolina’s Facebook page, or see the Albuquerque Journal’s coverage of the hearing.

03/27/2015 • Back to top

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