Monday, December 6, 2010

The Pledge to Protect New Mexico

During her campaign to become Governor, Governor-elect Susana Marinez promised environmental rollbacks, such as to the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) "pit rule." Please note, the OCD is under the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) and the head of EMNRD is a cabinet position. According to the New Mexico Independent, the oil and gas industry dominates Martinez's energy (EMNRD) and environment (NMED) search team. According to Democracy for New Mexico (DNM), "Martinez's campaign was heavily supported by people in the oil and gas industries." So, who is beholden to whom?

Again, according to DNM, the Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) "CVNM today (12/2/10) announced the release of a new website that tracks the responses of New Mexico state legislators to a pledge to protect New Mexico’s environment. The Pledge to Protect New Mexico, which was sent to all 70 state representatives and representatives-elect and 42 state senators, affirms that the signee agrees not to weaken any existing environmental protections in the state of New Mexico."

DNM further states, "New Mexicans can visit the Legislative Pledge website,, to find out if their state legislators have signed the pledge. Visitors to the website can then contact their legislators to let them know that they care about environmental issues by thanking them for signing the Pledge or encouraging them to sign if they have not already.

“As transparency and accountability of elected officials have become more important” said Buffett, “New Mexicans deserve to know which legislators are committed to ensuring that we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.”

Visit the Pledge to Protect New Mexico Website: Visit CVNM Education Fund:"

Related posts:

Susana Martinez and the Oil & Gas Industry Talking Points

NM: Oil and gas industry dominates Martinez’s energy & environment search team

Pit Rule Appeal Hearings on December 10th

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