Drilling / Mining

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.

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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