Drilling / Mining

Drilling / Mining

Kinder Morgan landmen back for CO2 project

Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group Co-Chair, December 20, 2015

The Kinder Morgan landmen are back in Torrance County, trying to acquire land from ranchers for a pipe yard on Highway 41 south of Estancia, and prime vega land from landowners south of Highway 60 for their pipeline operation to carry carbon dioxide.

Many informed residents in the county have spoken publicly in opposition to the pipeline, and no permits for a pipe yard will be considered until after the draft Environmental Impact Statement is released in 2015.


Pipeline proposed near Chaco

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By Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group Co-Chair, December 15, 2014

In July, a Colorado-based company filed an application to build 140 miles of pipeline across federal, state, Navajo, and private land in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico. The Piñon Pipeline would carry 50,000 barrels of oil per day, more than four times current production.


Coal mine would be a dirty deal for PNM ratepayers

Coal Waste

By Mona Blaber

PNM appears to be placing all its bets on climate-killing coal.

In addition to its recently announced plans for a 12 percent rate hike and a $20-$30 fee for solar users, PNM has revealed it is considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

According to PNM’s most recent quarterly earnings report, the utility has interest in purchasing the San Juan mine, which would prolong the life of one of the region’s biggest threats to public health and our climate.


New Mexico can afford to clean up its act on oil and gas drilling

Rio Grande Chapter Energy Team chair Denise Fort and team member Verne Loose, an energy economist, did a study of the economics of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and found that, despite common claims from industry, New Mexico's oil and gas companies are not generally smaller or less able to operate under common-sense regulations like the "Pit Rule" that safeguard our water and air from contamination.

The paper is attached here:


Panel Discussion: Deciding New Mexico's Energy Future

Coal - San Juan

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
The Sierra Club, 350.org, Environment New Mexico, and Interfaith Power and Light present

Showtime Episode: Years of Living Dangerously: Winds of Change & Deciding New Mexico's Energy Future Panel Discussion: Spin or Reality PNM's San Juan Power Replacement Plan January PRC Hearings. We’ll show “Years of Living Dangerously Episode 6” on methane leaks, fracking, the promise of renewable energy and state efforts to repeal Renewable Energy Standards. Intent is to use this to educate and prep the public for Jan 5 PRC.

Episode to be followed by expert panel:


New Mexico Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Rio Grande Chapter Energy Team chair Denise Fort and team member Verne Loose, an energy economist, did a study of the economics of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and found that, despite common claims from industry, New Mexico's oil and gas companies are not generally smaller or less able to operate under common-sense regulations like the "Pit Rule" that safeguard our water and air from contamination.

To read the paper, click here:


NEW DATE - March 20 - Proposed La Bajada Mesa strip mine public hearing

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UPDATE: The Case Manager Jose Larrañaga has postponed the Buena Vista / Rockology hearing before the County Development Review Committee (CDRC) until next month, Thursday, March 20.

On March 20th the proposed plan will be heard by the Santa Fe County - see attached poster.

PLEASE COME TO THE HEARING AND EMAIL the Case Manager, Jose Larrañaga :
Dear Mr. Larrañaga, we do not support mining in this location because :


Pipeline for carbon dioxide needs a closer look

Paradox Gas Well

By Denise Fort, Chapter Energy Chair

Mine CO2 and build a pipeline to carry it? Seriously?

Thanks to a call from a citizen, we were alerted that the Bureau of Land Management is considering approval of a pipeline to carry carbon dioxide from a mine in Arizona to the Permian Basin oil developments in Eastern New Mexico.
The project is described here.


Chaco area safe while BLM does inventory

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By Norma McCallan, Chapter Public Lands Chair

The BLM’s Farmington District has worked out an ambitious plan to inventory it's landscape and use that information for planning in the upcoming public process to amend its dated 2003 Resource Management Plan (RMP).


Chaco reprieve

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By Norma McCallan, Public Lands chair

Gas and oil prospects in the San Juan Basin’s Mancos Shale have put the area outside Chaco Culture National Historical Park in danger of drilling. There’s promising short-term news from the Bureau of Land Management, but a permanent solution needs your support.


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