Governor protect our water


New Mexico and the Southwest are in the midst of a severe drought. What little water New Mexico has is now under threat.

And yet, since her inauguration in January 2011, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has aggressively been dismantling water and other environmental protections that have been in place for decades. She has taken summary and radical actions for the benefit of mining companies, oil and gas drilling companies, and other industries that seek to freely pollute New Mexico's scarce resources to make a buck.

Knowing that 90% of New Mexicans rely on groundwater for their drinking water, a sane policy would work to conserve and protect that water, not allow it to be polluted
so some companies can make a profit.

Write Governor Martinez now and let her know that we the people are watching
and we demand that she make protecting New Mexico's water a priority now.

The Governor’s assault on water quality and the environment reaches into every corner and every aquifer of the state. Every major extractive industry has been allowed to pollute groundwater at will. Every community will feel the impact of her irresponsible actions.

Email the Governor Martinez's office directly. Copy the sample text below, or write your own, then go to the Governor's website and send your email. Please check the "I Require Assistance" option.

Sample text:

Governor Martinez,

Please, show real leadership in protecting the people of New Mexico by protecting our water resources instead of handing them over to private corporations to pollute.

Since your inauguration, I have witnessed you eliminate environmental regulations that were carefully put in place with input from regulators, industry, environmental groups, and the public. They were designed to protect New Mexico’s water while allowing for responsible resource development.

The water in New Mexico belongs to the public, not to private corporations. Your Administration has abandoned its public trust to balance the protection of New Mexico’s water with development of natural resources.

Your responsibility is to all the people of New Mexico. Yet your allegiance seems to lie with the mining companies, the oil and gas drilling industry, and others who pollute our water.


[Your Signature]

The Governor and her Administration have:

* adopted regulations that violate the law and reduce groundwater protection by:
- rolling back rules that regulate oil & gas drilling waste pits (the Pit Rule, whose amendments are based on no new evidence but will likely result in groundwater contamination).
- adopting new copper mining rules at the request of a copper mining company that expressly allow pollution (the new rule is in direct violation of the state's Water Quality Act)
- going along with the dairy industry’s desire to allow groundwater pollution at all New Mexico dairies

* hobbled the Environment Department: In the Department whose mission is to protect and restore the environment for all New Mexicans, the Governor transferred professional, experienced staff to positions where they have no expertise, and hired new department heads with little experience.

* put industry profits before the needs of the people of New Mexico: While allowing industry to take actions that endanger New Mexico's environment and its precious water resources, the Martinez administration's plan for managing the current drought is to encourage residents
to take shorter showers. (Scroll down to Department News,see #7).