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Facts on the future of coal-fired San Juan Generating Station

For decades, PNM’s San Juan Generating Station – a coal-fired power plant near Farmington, New Mexico – has threatened our air, land, and water with toxic pollution. From soot and smog to arsenic and mercury, the harmful pollution from the plant has endangered the health and well-being of families throughout the Four Corners region. Today, our state and public officials face a choice: prolong the life of one of our region’s greatest public health threats or take this opportunity to transition to clean renewable energy.

PNM’s Plans To Burn More Coal

TABLED: Bill gutting Renewable Energy Act dies in Senate

On Tuesday, March 17, the New Mexico Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-2 to table HB 445, which sought to eliminate New Mexico's requirement for 20 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Tabling HB 445, sponsored by Rep. Larry Scott (R-Lea), means it is most likely dead for this session. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 33-32 last week. Had it passed the Senate, it almost surely would have been signed by the governor into law.

Facts on PNM's plan for the future of San Juan coal plant

San Juan Generating Station, by Scott Mosher

WHAT IS PNM AND WHO DOES IT SERVE?

Preemption bills would kill local oil and gas safeguards

Some legislators are putting oil and gas short-term profits over the health and safety of our families.

UPDATE: SB 601 and SB 184 were tabled in Senate Conservation Committee Thursday, March 10! Thanks for contacting your senators! But HB 366 was passed by the House Tuesday night (March 10). It heads to the Senate next.

Numerous counties and cities around New Mexico, prompted by citizens' recognition that state oil and gas rules don’t provide adequate protection, have created local rules and ordinances aimed at protecting against negative impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Local Climate Change Guru Hits Rolling Stone

The team led by Nate McDowel, Earth Systems Observations Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been studying climate change for many years. The effect of global warming and drought on tree physiology is often ignored or even unknown by not only climate deniers but committed environmentalists. Rolling Stone’s latest article on climate change shows how the effects of higher temperatures and drought kill trees, and how tree death exacerbates climate change.

House to vote on privatizing water, preempting local oil and gas rules

Paradox gas well. Legislation being considered now would remove local ordinances and common-sense rules on siting and pollution by oil and gas wells.

Please contact your representative about two dangerous bills the New Mexico House of Representatives will vote on soon: HB299, which would privatize our drinking water, and HB 366, which would give political appointees the power to preempt local oil and gas regulations. 

Heinrich Makes Speech In Opposition To Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, delivered a speech on the Senate floor in opposition to legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Watch his speech here.

NM at Center of Obama's Climate-Change Proposal

oil driller with off-gas

New Mexico may be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama's effort to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions.

Legislation is an assault on Mining Act

The New Mexico Mining Act is one of New Mexico's most effective and revered environmental laws - and now it's under attack. For 25 years, the Mining Act has ensured that mining corporations protect our water, clean up messes they create, and don't leave taxpayers footing the bill for billions of dollars of reclamation costs. But that may change, if the mining industry gets its way with HB 625.

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