WEEKLY ACTION EMAIL #18

Dear Fellow New Mexican,

THIS WEEK IN BRIEF:

- Call or email Sandoval County Commissioners to demand a moratorium on fracking expansions in Sandoval county until the appropriate studies on air and water can be completed in order to protect the people in the affected communities.

  Contacts for Sandoval County Commissioners:
    -District 1 James Dominguez: (505) 252-3251jdominguez@sandovalcountynm.gov
    -District 2 Jay Block: (505) 252-6218jblock@sandovalcountynm.gov
    -District 3 Don Chapman: (505) 414-6247dchapman@sandovalcountynm.gov
    -District 4 David Heil: (505) 252-6085dheil@sandovalcountynm.gov
    -District 5 Kenneth Eichwald: (505) 252-7412keichwald@sandovalcountynm.gov

- Click here to comment on the upcoming review of the newly established Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument in Taos County and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Southern New Mexico (the status of which is being threatened by the current administration).

THIS WEEK IN DETAIL:

FRACKING EXPANSION IN SANDOVAL COUNTY

This Tuesday, May 23rd, at 6pm, the Sandoval County Commission will hold a public hearing on planning and zoning within the county and will include discussion of the planned expansion of fracking within the county.  For the past 18 months, Sandoval County Commission has been undergoing a process of formulating its oil and gas ordinance. The ordinance was initially pursued in November 2015 when SandRidge Energy Inc., an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company, applied for a special-use permit. Since then, citizen groups have organized to give formal comment, input and reports for inclusion in the ordinance to ensure protections from the impacts of the extractive industry–including all surface impacts.

The current draft ordinance lacks adequate provisions to safeguard communities from the impacts of fracking. Counselor Chapter is in Sandoval County. Counselor, and other Navajo communities in Greater Chaco, are already experiencing the brutal impacts of fracking.

Please contact the 5 board members before Tuesday's meeting to demand a moratorium on fracking expansions in Sandoval county until the appropriate studies on air and water can be completed in order to protect the people in the affected communities. 

Contacts for Sandoval County Commissioners:
    -District 1 James Dominguez: (505) 252-3251jdominguez@sandovalcountynm.gov
    -District 2 Jay Block: (505) 252-6218jblock@sandovalcountynm.gov
    -District 3 Don Chapman: (505) 414-6247dchapman@sandovalcountynm.gov
    -District 4 David Heil: (505) 252-6085dheil@sandovalcountynm.gov
    -District 5 Kenneth Eichwald: (505) 252-7412keichwald@sandovalcountynm.gov

 In addition to calling and emailing the 5 board members on the Sandoval County Commission, please also consider attending the rally in advance of Tuesday's meeting, which is hosted by Common Ground Rising and Stop Fracking the Rio Grande Valley.

Rally at the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning public hearing, Bernalillo

Tuesday, May 23rd from 4:30-5:30 pm

1500 Idalia Rd, Building D

Bernalillo, NM 87004

You can also attend the meeting itself which would be a huge boost to this effort--showing up IN PERSON is always the best way to show support for a cause although we realize it is sometimes tough to do so.

Sandoval County Planning and Zoning public hearing, Bernalillo

Tuesday, May 23rd from 6:00 pm

1500 Idalia Rd, Building D, 3rd Floor

Bernalillo, NM 87004

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR NEW MEXICO'S NATIONAL MONUMENTS

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is following through with President Trump's executive order to review the status of newly created National Monuments across the U.S.  Here in New Mexico, the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument in Taos County and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Southern New Mexico are included in the number of monuments that will be undergoing this dubious "review" process. 

It is widely believed that the intention is to strip these monuments of protected status so that they can be opened up for oil and gas exploration.  One of our own U.S. Representatives, Steve Pearce, supports the stripping of status from these National Monuments, something that has never before been done by a U.S. President.  The lands contained within these monuments were already under the umbrella of the BLM, who in the past have been all too eager to open up the lands that they manage to oil and gas exploration.

Secretary Zinke has opened up a VERY brief, 15-day public comment period regarding this review process.  Please click here to leave your comments in support of keeping the protections for these lands.


Thank you for all you are doing!

In solidarity,
Amelia + Marisa