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Greeting cards, temporary tattoos and fracking, oh my!

By Hilary Lewis

May 17, 2012

Thanks to our friends at Smock Paper we are now the sole beneficiaries of a new Change the World greeting card. Not only is it a beautiful card for any occasion, but 100% of the funds from your purchase go towards our campaign against fracking.

Think this is great news?

It gets better. When you purchase this set of six hand pressed cards you will also receive a "Gas and Water Don't Mix" temporary tattoo!

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Let the people’s voice be heard

By Gwen Lachelt

May 17, 2012

Over the last four days, the oil and gas industry (New Mexico Oil & Gas Association) has presented experts to prove to the state of New Mexico that the Pit Rule is unnecessary.

One expert blathered on yesterday for 8 hours without presenting technical information or modeling demonstrating that pits do or don’t pollute. But when a member of the public presented his testimony on why New Mexico needs to keep the Pit Rule to ensure responsible development, he was cut off when a buzzer rang. Testimony from members of the public is limited to a mere 5 minutes.

I have been asked to summarize the oil and gas industry’s expert testimony since Monday so here goes:

“Toxic drilling pits just don’t pollute (even with torn liners), just trust us on that, so give us a green light to bury our drilling and fracking wastes anywhere we want.”

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Lawless in Santa Fe

By Gwen Lachelt

May 15, 2012

The picture is now clear.

The oil and gas industry is getting away with developing new rules for shale oil and gas development by amending the Pit Rule.

However, in a strange twist, Jami Bailey, the chair of New Mexico's oil and gas oversight agency, would not admit the 8,000 pages of testimony and exhibits put forward in the 17-day hearing held in 2007 to develop the Pit Rule. She claims this is a whole new rule. Industry claims they are simply amending the Pit Rule. How can they have it both ways? The travesty is unfolding this week in Santa Fe.

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Interior Department Releases Proposed Rules for Fracking on Public Lands

By Aaron Mintzes

May 7, 2012

On Friday afternoon, the United States Department of Interior (DOI) released their proposed rules to govern hydraulic fracturing on public lands.   Many of us in the environmental community eagerly anticipated the release of these rules because they signal the second clear indication of how the Obama Administration would regulate fracking.  The Environmental Protection Agency had earlier released rules related to air emissions from natural gas facilities.  Although most fracking regulation occurs at the state level, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management has jurisdiction over an enormous acreage and therefore sets the standard for how the states might approach the issue.

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It’s déjà vu all over again: bad New Mexico legislation rears its head in Colorado

By Gwen Lachelt

May 4, 2012

Colorado State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg has introduced House Bill 1356 that would prohibit local governments from receiving state severance tax funds if they “in any way restrict or delay” oil and gas development.

This bill is all but dead but if you live in Colorado call your State Representative and Senator and urge them to vote no on HB 1356. Not only does this regressive legislation need to be killed before the 2012 legislative session ends this month but also Colorado needs to hear loud and clear that we don’t ever want to see the likes of this bill again.

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