NMELC PRESS RELEASES

CURRENT PRESS RELEASE

District Court Denies Augustin Plains Ranch Application – Again!

In a brief Memorandum, 7thJudicial District Court Judge Matthew Reynolds granted the Motions for Summary Judgment filed by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center for approximately 80 residents of the San Agustin Plains and by the Catron County Board of County Commissioners. Judge Reynolds’ ruling was based on his finding that he had already decided the issues presented by this Augustin Plains Ranch application when he denied the application filed by the Ranch in 2007 and 2008. In making his decision, the Judge said “[t]he people of New Mexico should not have their water tied up any longer.”

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Past Press Releases

Community Groups Send Notice of Intent to Sue Air Force

Today, the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), New Mexico Voices for Children, New Mexico State Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, New Mexico State Senator Mimi Stewart, New Mexico State Representative G. Andres Romero, and three individual residents of the impacted...

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Victory in Aquifer Science East Mountains Water Case

"Albuquerque District Court Judge Shannon Bacon denied the ground water pumping application of Aquifer Science, a Nevada-based water speculator, to appropriate 350 acre feet of ground water in the East Mountain area of Albuquerque. The Office of the State Engineer had...

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Navajo Community Files Report with UN Human Rights Committee

The Law Center issued a press release announcing a report filed with the United Nations Human Rights Committee charging the United States with violating the human rights of minority and indigenous communities affected by decades of uranium mining and milling. The...

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Hearing Begins on Mt Taylor Permit Review

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE Thursday, May 5, 2018 Community Groups Appeal Zombie Uranium Mine Mining Commission Public Hearing Monday May 7th SANTA FE, N.M. — On Monday, May 7th, the New Mexico Mining Commission will begin hearings on an appeal of the “Return to Active”...

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Law Center Files Petition for Review of Mt Taylor Permit

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Zombie Uranium Mine Begins to Stir Mining and Minerals Division Permit Violates State Mining Act SANTA FE, N.M. — The Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) and Amigos Bravos filed a Petition for...

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Special Hearing on Santolina Despite Unanswered Questions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Bernalillo County Commission (BCC) will hold a special hearing on Tuesday, August 15 to consider several issues concerning the Santolina mega-development proposed west of Albuquerque. This “Level B” process marks the last time under the county’s Planned Communities Criteria process that the BCC will be able to consider—or the public will [...]
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Commission to Consider Santolina Despite Unanswered Questions

The Bernalillo County Commission (BCC) has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday, August 15 for the proposed Santolina Level B.1 Master Plan. At that meeting, the Commission will also consider a recommendation by the County Planning Commission that the BCC strip proof-of-water conditions for the development. The Level B process marks the last [...]
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Public-Interest Law Firm to Bolster Enviro Health for Vulnerable NM Families

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC), a Santa Fe-based non-profit law firm, has been awarded a two-year, $300,000 grant towards Healthy Environment, Healthy Families. The project uses public-interest law to safeguard public health and the well-being of New Mexico’s under served families. The grant was made by the W.K. Kellogg [...]
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Santolina’s Request to Strip Water Requirements Challenged

Today community groups and residents of the South Valley appealed a decision from the Bernalillo County Planning Commission in the Santolina mega-development case. The Planning Commission recommends stripping key provisions that require the Santolina developers to prove that its project has water. The appeal was filed with the Bernalillo County Commission (BCC), [...]
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