NM at Center of Obama's Climate-Change Proposal

Oil Drilling

January 22, 2015 - Troy Wilde, Public News Service (NM)

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

Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico energy coordinator for the advocacy group San Juan Citizens Alliance, says NASA released a report last year that shows the Four Corners region is a hot spot, responsible for producing the largest concentration of methane seen over the United States.

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.

Albuquerque issues draft Bosque environmental assessment

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By Richard Barish, Bosque Issues Chair, January 15, 2015

In response to criticism from the Sierra Club and others that the City of Albuquerque was not looking at the potential environmental impacts of its proposed projects in the Bosque, the City agreed to delay implementation of its Bosque project and conduct baseline environmental monitoring. The monitoring was carried out by a private contractor, SWCA, over a period of about a year, ending in the late summer.

Returning the wolf to Texas

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By Rick LoBello, El Paso Group, January 14, 2015

Less than 100 yards from my office at the El Paso Zoo, every day I am reminded of one of the most important missing links in the Chihuahuan Desert eco-region, a wild predator that we all know as a symbol of wilderness and as an important apex predator, the gray wolf, or Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi).

New Fish and Wildlife Rule would harm wolves


By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair, January 14, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding rule changes to Mexican wolf reintroduction is the last step in a tortuously long process that began with scoping hearings in 2007 and progressed to even more hearings this year and last about the draft proposals.

Rio Grande Chapter activists and our allies have participated at every step along the way — sending in thousands of comments and attending hearings in person by the hundreds.

Research shows killing wolves hurts livestock

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By Mary Katherine Ray, January 14, 2015

New research finds that killing wolves to prevent livestock depredation in the Northern Rockies is counterproductive.

State Game Commission meddles to thwart wolf


By Mary Katherine Ray, January 14, 2015

Despite hundreds of email protests and many in the hearing room, the New Mexico Game Commission has inserted itself into endangered-species recovery by giving itself authority to deny permits for holding and release of mammalian carnivores on private land for the purpose of recovery and reintroduction.

Legislation for wildlife

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair, January 14, 2015

Trapping season has begun again in New Mexico. It is a winter pastime because that is when the fur of animals like bobcats, foxes and coyotes is thickest and worth the most money.

Roadblocks at the Roundhouse

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By Dan Lorimier, January 14, 2015

Jan. 20, the first day of New Mexico’s 2015 Legislative session, will be unlike any other session since 1954, when the last Republican-controlled House of Representatives was installed.

Columbine-Hondo, Valles Caldera bills pass


By Teresa Seamster, December 15, 2014

In December, the U.S. Congress approved the transfer of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service as part of the Defense Authorization Bill during the lame-duck session of Congress.

The Valles Caldera would have otherwise reverted in 2020 to general U.S. Forest Service land with no dedicated staff or budget if Congress had not acted to locate the preserve within the National Park Service. The Columbine-Hondo in Northern New Mexico was also declared a Wilderness Area, protecting 45,000 acres.

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