Drilling / Mining

Drilling / Mining

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:


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

San Juan Basin Badlands - Ceja Pelon 4

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.


Public decries copper-mining rule

ChinoMine-photo courtesy of gilaresources.info

By John Buchser, Chapter chair

It’s getting difficult to keep track.

This spring, more critical environmental protections were added to the list of those dismantled by state commissions appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez.


Will Chaco fall victim to Mancos play?

By Norma McCallan, Northern New Mexico co-chair

In a remote area of the southeastern San Juan Basin, down a long, washboard dirt road, lies Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1987, its magnificent ancient ruins face a new threat from proposed federal gas and oil leases north and east of the park, totaling 18,500 acres.


San Juan County is energy, pollution epicenter

Coal Waste

By Mona Blaber and Norma McCallan

On June 7 and 8, San Juan County members of the Rio Grande Chapter and chapter leaders joined for events focusing on the area’s oil-, gas- and coal-driven economy and how to transition to a healthier and economically vibrant community.

Chapter leaders and allies met with Bureau of Land Management Farmington District administrators about proposed oil and gas leases near Chaco Canyon (see accompanying article), impacts from drilling on public lands and protection of the district’s Badlands.


End of era, fresh start in El Paso

Photo courtesy Jackson Polk, ephistory.com

By Laurence Gibson, El Paso Group chair

The face of El Paso changed forever April 13-14, 2013. When southbound I-25 travelers round the turn into downtown they will without doubt sense something missing to the West. And what is missing are the twin towers of El Paso’s century-old ASARCO (American Smelting and Refining Company), brought down with a few hundred pounds of dynamite in the early-morning hours on Saturday, April 13.


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