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Website focuses on Martinez’s environmental record

By October 15, 2013Uncategorized
By Staci Matlock, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund has launched a new website aimed at shedding light on Gov. Susana Martinez’s environmental record.
The portal contains articles, videos and documents related to public information requests made to the Governor’s Office by the group and journalists. Among issues covered on the website are changes to the oil and gas waste pit rule and recent approval of a controversial copper permit rule.

“This site is your window into the decisions of Governor Susana Martinez and her administration, as they affect the health of our environment and communities,” according to a statement on the website’s home page,
The website has links to information about air quality, water quality, oil and gas mining and more.
The group is a sister organization to the nonprofit Conservation Voters New Mexico. “It is CVNM Education Fund’s mission to engage the people of New Mexico in our long-standing shared values of protecting our air, land, water and the health of our communities,” said Liliana Castillo, the group’s spokeswoman.
“We launched the site because we found we couldn’t get answers to perfectly reasonable public records requests,” said Castillo.
“ will highlight positive environmental actions as well,” Castillo said. “Recently, we included coverage of Governor Martinez’s announcement of the River Stewards Initiative. Unfortunately, at this time, the negative actions seem to outweigh the positive by a fairly wide margin.”
The next big additions to the website will come in November when the group analyzes legislative priorities issued by Martinez for the upcoming session in January.
Martinez promised a more transparent government when she took office in 2011. The state government’s Sunshine Portal is available at http://sunshineportal