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Feds delay rule on methane emissions

By Matthew Daly | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Interior Department said Thursday it is delaying an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register delays the methane regulation until January 2019, saying the previous rule is overly [read more…]

Push for electric school buses in New Mexico

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the Albuquerque Journal reported on Juntos: Our Air, Our Water’s event calling on Gov. Martinez to use Volkswagen Settlement funds to transition diesel school busese to electric, zero-emissions buses. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Members of the grass-roots organization Juntos: Our Air, Our Water held a rally Thursday to demand that New Mexico’s [read more…]

Group proposes using Volkswagen settlement money for new buses

By KRQE News 13 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico is getting $18 million from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal and one group thinks it has the perfect plan on how to spend it — school buses. The organization Juntos and Conservation Voters Education Fund are proposing that the money be spent on replacing diesel school [read more…]

Use funds to help our children breathe easier

By Yahaira Delfin / Albuquerque Resident | Albuquerque Journal My daughter Yisel suffers from very strong asthma attacks and when she has these episodes, we have to go to the emergency room. It is very difficult to see my daughter connected to oxygen, with so many wires, and they administer medicine and steroids every 15 minutes. [read more…]

Backpedal or misunderstanding?

Group says McKinley County broke promise to spearhead uranium task force By Christina Tsosie | Gallup Independent GALLUP — Two years ago, a health impact assessment was completed with funding from the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership. The Looking Within: A Health Impact Assessment of Uranium Mining yielded qualitative information about the impacts of legacy [read more…]

Conservation Group To Survey South Valley Again

Published in the ABQ Free Press Policy Recommendations Announced In August The Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund has spent two years surveying residents of the South Valley and Westgate neighborhoods to identify their environmental concerns. In the first survey in 2015, residents said air quality, or the lack of it, was their biggest concern. [read more…]

NM Environmental Fears Compounded by Trump’s Exit from Paris Accord

By Brett McPherson | Public News Service – NM SANTA FE, N.M. – President Donald Trump announced yesterday that the U.S. will be leaving the international treaty known as the Paris Climate Agreement, and New Mexico conservation groups say they’re now more concerned than ever about the environment. The effects of pulling out of the [read more…]

White House suspends methane regulations

By Rebecca Moss | The Santa Fe New Mexican The Trump administration halted certain federal methane regulations Thursday, suspending for 90 days requirements for drillers to report and significantly reduce emissions of the potent greenhouse gas. On a dark day for climate advocates, the federal stay was in keeping with President Donald Trump’s announcement to [read more…]

Harnessing the Sun’s Power

By Amanda Martinez | Rio Grande Sun In the parking lot of Northern New Mexico College, DiAna Cuevas Martinez kneels beside a white box, 4-feet on each side, lined with a bright, reflective silver material that looks like a car windshield protector. There is a bag of cookie dough on the edge of the box, [read more…]

Praising Attorney General for Pollution Fight

By Joshajandy Hernandez, Valerie Romero and Joseph Maestas | Published in the Rio Grande Sun Northern New Mexico is home to many sacred things that we love about calling New Mexico home: beautiful acequias and ranch land, rich and diverse cultural history, and communities that feel like (and in some cases are) family. We live [read more…]