1872 Mining Law Reform Proposal Falls Short

January 25, 2008

Washington, D.C., 1/25: Yesterday, the ranking member of the Senate and Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Peter Domenici (R-NM), laid out an agenda for "reform" of the antiquated 1872 Mining Law that would not adequately protect taxpayers, communities and the environment from the potentially destructive impacts of hardrock mining.

Citizens’ groups, ranchers, landowners urge state to protect water, public health and taxpayers with strong pit rule

October 19, 2007

October 19, 2007 - New Mexico citizens' groups, ranching groups and landowners are urging state officials to prohibit pits on most oil and gas drilling sites and to require operators to dispose of contaminated pit waste at permitted waste facilities, rather than burying the waste on-site.

"It's time that the oil and gas industry takes responsibility to prevent pit pollution and dispose of their waste properly like everyone else," said Bruce Baizel, staff attorney for the Oil & Gas Accountability Project and Pit Rule Task Force member - a stakeholder group charged with developing a proposal for new oil and gas pit regulations.

Hardrock Mining in New Mexico

October 2, 2007 • Cathy Carlson

New Mexico Passes Precedent-Setting Landowner Protection Act

June 28, 2007

(Raton, June 27) - Members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association (NMCGA) will celebrate the enactment of the nation's strongest landowner law at its Annual Mid-Year Meeting in Raton June 29. They will also release the Oil & Gas Accountability Project's "Landowner's Guide to the New Mexico Surface Owners' Protection Act" - a step-by-step handbook detailing what the law does for surface owners.

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Landowner’s Guide to the New Mexico Surface Owner Protection Act

June 27, 2007

Chemicals Used in Oil and Natural Gas Development and Delivery in New Mexico

January 3, 2007 • Bachran Mary

Valle Vidal Protection Act Becomes Law

December 13, 2006

December 13, Taos, NM - After an intense and hard-fought three-year battle, President Bush signed Representative Tom Udall's Valle Vidal Protection Act of 2005 into law yesterday. The new law will permanently protect the Valle Vidal, one of New Mexico's greatest natural treasures, by withdrawing the area from mineral leasing.

"The Valle Vidal Protection Act is a great step towards New Mexico's clean energy future, said Representative Tom Udall, the bill's sponsor. "Responsible management of our energy resources means that some places, such as the Valle Vidal, are simply off limits to development."

New Mexico Oil Conservation Division Proposed Pit Rule

October 27, 2006 • NM OCD