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KSFR’s Santa Fe Radio Cafe’s Series Featuring NMELC Attorneys, Part 3

Staff Attorney Jon Block discusses current and proposed dairy regulations, and their impact on New Mexico’s groundwater with the Santa Fe Radio Cafe.

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Posted by Juana Colon on 11/21/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

KSFR’s Santa Fe Radio Cafe’s Series Featuring NMELC Attorneys, Part 2

Staff Attorney Bruce Frederick discusses the Copper Rule and latest win against a water grab in the East Mountains of Albuquerque, NM with the Santa Fe Radio Cafe.

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Posted by Juana Colon on 11/20/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

KSFR’s Santa Fe Radio Cafe’s Four Part Series Featuring NMELC Attorneys

Law Center Talks About Environmental Protections under the Martinez Administration

Executive Director Douglas Meiklejohn talks to KSFR’s Santa Fe Radio Cafe about how the Law Center got started and what four more years of the Martinez Administration will do to New Mexico’s environment.

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Posted by Juana Colon on 11/19/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Supreme Court side-steps water grab issue

Frederick said the court may have rejected it because of a separation of powers issue. “We’re still in limbo,” Frederick said. “The application is still sitting there in the state engineer’s office.” Frederick said the state engineer must reject the 2014 application for the same legal reasons that he denied the 2007 application. El Defensor Chieftain

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Posted by Juana Colon on 11/06/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Pit rule challengers outline legal position

“The commission has not shown any legitimate reason for weakening the rule,” said Eric Jantz, the NMELC’s attorney. “The state testified it had no problems implementing the 2008 pit rule, and during the time that rule was in effect, there were no recorded instances of groundwater contamination from waste pits. The 2008 pit rule worked, so why was it changed?” Albuquerque Business First

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Posted by Juana Colon on 06/26/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Dairy industry and environmental groups clash on groundwater protections

New Mexico’s dairies are not small, mom-and-pop operations producing milk from a modest number of cows grazing on pastureland. Instead, the state’s approximately 150 dairies have a total of about 350,000 cows, with an average herd size just over 2,000 cows…there’s no pastureland to be had. Santa Fe Reporter

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Posted by Juana Colon on 06/25/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

The man behind a New Mexico county’s fracking ban

In April 2013, Olívas – modest and soft-spoken but ready for a fight – led the charge to make his county the first in the U.S. to permanently ban corporations from fracking or otherwise developing oil and gas within its borders. “A lot of people asked, ‘Who in the heck is this small community up in northern New Mexico that’s picking a fight with oil and gas?’ ” he says. As a matter of survival, local people have always prioritized conservation, and they resent outside corporations making money at their expense, he notes. High Country News

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Posted by Juana Colon on 06/23/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

The Mother of All Anti-Fracking Tools

The first county in the United States to outlaw fracking has an idea that could give environmentalists the upper hand—and deliver a major setback to big oil.

The likely outcome? Busy lawyers. But the suits could also set a nationwide precedent by settling an interesting argument: Does a community’s right to self-governance trump the rights of corporations? The county ordinance’s basic aim is to protect the water supply in a parched region of a drought-stricken state, but it also contains a bill of rights for the environment, which argues that natural ecosystems “possess inalienable and fundamental rights to exist.” Outside Magazine

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Posted by Juana Colon on 06/01/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

New Mexico Governor Martinez Accused of “Wholesale Disregard of the Law”

According to this source, the Martinez administration is “very friendly to the copper, dairy, and oil and gas industries,” and said that state workers working to safeguard groundwater quality were pushed out, “the industry basically stepped in and could do anything they wanted, and basically wrote the rules for themselves,” and that this is “still going on today.” thruthout

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Posted by Juana Colon on 05/06/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Environmental groups and Turner Ranch file brief on Copper Rule

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed a Brief-in-Chief April 9 with the New Mexico Court of Appeals asking the Court to set the Copper Rule aside, according to legal documents released by law center…“This is going to be impossible to clean up,” Frederick said. “They’re polluting a huge source of potential drinking water that could be used for agriculture or domestic use.” Silver City Sun-News

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Posted by Juana Colon on 04/22/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Groups file challenge to Copper Rule

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center has filed its brief in a challenge of the state’s Copper Rule, which oversees the handling of mining wastes.

The center’s brief argues that the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) violated the state’s Water Quality Act when it adopted the Copper Rule, and asks the Court of Appeals to set the rule aside. Albuquerque Business First

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Posted by Juana Colon on 04/14/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Copper Rule leaves a bad taste in NM’s mouth

By Douglas Meiklejohn / Executive Director, New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Printed in the Albuquerque Journal on March 27, 2014

Groundwater provides the drinking water for 90 percent of the people in New Mexico. For that reason, whether the recently adopted regulation that addresses groundwater pollution by copper mines (commonly referred to as “the Copper Rule”) adequately protects New Mexico’s groundwater is a very significant issue.

Officials of the New Mexico Environment Department, including its new Secretary, Ryan Flynn, have attempted to defend the Copper Rule by asserting that it is the most protective regulation in the country.

That assertion is not accurate.

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Posted by Juana Colon on 04/02/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Fighting Goliaths in the Land of Enchantment

The slightly shabby Santa Fe office of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center doesn’t look like it houses a formidable legal force. But it does. “The Law Center is the most important environmental organization in New Mexico today,” says Antonio Luján, a former state representative. “It has credibility with the Legislature, credibility with communities, and it takes on the right issues.” Green Fire Times

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Posted by Juana Colon on 04/02/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Citizens’ coalition protests weakening of NM Dairy Rule

Citizens’ Coalition Statement on Postponement of Hearing on Dairy Groundwater Protections and Lack of Enforcement by NMED

In a statement released on March 18, 2014, a coalition of New Mexicans who live near industrial dairies and public-interest groups released the following statement:

Following New Mexico’s adoption of the polluting Copper Rule, the dairy industry was quick to jump at the chance for similar favorable treatment. In 2013, it petitioned the State to gut the recently enacted Dairy Rule after less than a year of implementation. Meanwhile, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has suspended enforcement of the Dairy Rule and issuance of dairy pollution-control permits until after the rulemaking hearing.

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Posted by Shelbie Knox on 03/18/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

Toxic Legacy: Uranium Mining in New Mexico

Jantz gives fair warning to those who believe that simply because they do not reside near an old uranium mine or mill they need not worry about these issues. “The nuclear power chain is slung across the world, so folks who may not live near a mine or mill may not be getting those direct effects,” he said. “But you may live near a fabrication plant or a nuclear power plant. And if you are one of those people, you are going to be dealing with the radiological effects on that end of the power chain. So the folks in New Mexico and the Southwest are the just first people exposed to the problem.”  Truthout.org

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Posted by Shelbie Knox on 02/20/2014 • PermalinkBack to top

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