Sunday, January 23, 2011

Political shift puts environmental activists on the defense

Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Environmentalists say they're fighting to hold on to gains made in recent years, while oil, gas and utility representatives, with support from newly elected Gov. Susana Martinez, are trying to roll back regulations they say hurt New Mexico businesses. "...


...."Finding a little common ground

Industry and environmental advocates agree on one thing: They want an independent office for all hearing examiners in regulatory cases.

Currently, each state agency has its own in-house hearing examiners or contracts for them.

"I think if a bill like that was introduced to establish an independent office of hearing examiners, our inclination will be to support it," said Douglas Meiklejohn, head of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which is taking Martinez to court over her decision to stop publication of the greenhouse-gas emission rules." More>>>>

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