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Shrimper Diane Wilson brings fight to protect Matagorda Bay to Max Midstream’s doorstep

May 27, 2021
Houston, TX — After 36 days of fasting, with 24 hours in County Jail for civil disobedience at the Galveston Army Corps Office, and a lifetime of tireless work to protect Matagorda Bay from polluting industries, Diane Wilson lead supporters in… More »
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NMED action on oil and gas pollution must be swift & bold

May 6, 2021
Background: Last year, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) drafted rules to reduce pollution from oil and gas operations. The rules contained exceptions for tens of thousands of low-producing wells and sites presumed to emit below a certain level–even though they could… More »
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Earth Day Impact: Support Frontline Communities

April 22, 2021 • Sophie Shemas
As vaccines started to roll out this spring, several of our field advocates have been able to safely travel within their states and use our optical gas imaging cameras to make visible the normally invisible air pollution from oil and… More »
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Legislative Round-up: In New Mexico — High time to start sprinting on health & climate

April 1, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor
A shift is underway in New Mexico, but action must come faster, be bolder The aftermath of New Mexico’s 2021 legislative session brought to mind the old adage of “you win some and lose some.” Victories were won that communities… More »

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Earthworks applauds passage of SB8, urges NM Gov. Lujan Grisham to sign bill into law

March 19, 2021
Statement on the legislature’s passage of SB8, Local Government Air Quality Regulations, by Nathalie Eddy, Earthworks NM Field Advocate and certified thermographer: “By removing just four words from two statutes, New Mexico’s government will be better able to protect New Mexicans. “After… More »
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Earthworks urges NM Gov. Lujan Grisham to sign HB76 into law

March 17, 2021
Statement on the passage of HB76, Permit Denial for Poor Compliance, by Earthworks NM Field Advocate and certified thermographer Nathalie Eddy: “Oil and gas pollution is harming residents’ health and New Mexico’s land, air and water, right now. Governor Lujan… More »
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New Mexico legislators need to stop repeat pollution offenders

March 4, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor
Update on March 12th, 2021. New Mexico’s Bad Actor bill is inching closer to becoming law. Last week the House passed it 42-36, and this week the Senate Conservation Committee voted 5-3 in favor. While the next step is a… More »
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No time to waste in the New Mexico legislature to safeguard health and the environment

February 26, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor
UPDATE 16 March 2021. Last week, New Mexico came a step closer to being able to better protect land, air, water, climate, and health. Senate Bill 8 passed the Senate 25-13 despite opposition from the oil and gas industry–whose legislative… More »
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New Mexico House Bill should be rejected for failure to put people before polluters, inaccurate assumptions

February 18, 2021
CONTACT: Justin Wasser, (202) 753-7016, jwasser@earthworks.org Background: The New Mexico legislature tabled today a House Joint Memorial bill requesting a waiver from the Biden administration’s pause of oil and gas leasing on federal lands by a committee vote of 8-3. Industry claims… More »
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Statement on NMED’s report of increased pollution from oil and gas in the Permian

December 22, 2020
Background: On December 21st, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released findings from joint fly-over inspections conducted with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showing a 250% increase in oil and gas pollution in the New Mexican Permian Basin. NMED Director… More »
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Coalition opposed to Newman 6 asks El Paso City Councilors to use their power to hold EPE accountable

December 8, 2020 • Border Peace Presence * Chaparral Parents in Action * Chicas De Chuco * Columban Mission Center * Community First Coalition * Earthworks * Eco El Paso * El Chuco Democratic Socialists of America * El Paso Equal Voice Network * El Paso Young Democrats * Frontera Folx for Reproductive Justice * Little Red Sands * March for Our Lives El Paso * New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light * Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project * Pax Christi El Paso * Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter * Sleep, Never * Sunrise El Paso * YDSA
December 8th — Today a coalition of regional and local groups sent a letter to El Paso City Councilors outlining their powers to delay or stop the proposed Newman 6 fracked gas fueled expansion to the Newman Power Plant. The letter urges the… More »
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Community speaks against proposed fracked gas plant at TCEQ public meeting

November 18, 2020 • Earthworks * Chaparral Parents In Action * Eco El Paso * Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter * Sunrise El Paso
Nov 17 — This evening at a public meeting of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), El Paso residents and other impacted residents spoke in opposition to El Paso Electric’s (EPE’s) plan to construct a new 228-megawatt fracked gas power plant at the… More »
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Reject Newman 6 and Choose a Clean Energy Future for the Sun City

November 13, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was authored by Dr. David J. Garcia of Chaparral Parents in Action. My dear friends, my name is Dr. David J. Garcia, I am a resident of Chaparral, New Mexico and a member of the Chaparral Parents in… More »
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New report finds state regulatory failure to safely manage radioactive and toxic oil and gas waste in New Mexico

October 7, 2020
October 7th — A new report released today by Earthworks shows that the state of New Mexico permits oil and gas operations without adequate protections to prevent pollution from improper storage, processing, and disposal of oil and gas waste, also known as “produced… More »
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New Mexico Oil & Gas Waste Report: The failure to safely manage oil and gas waste

October 7, 2020