New Mexicans Win on Waste Pits!
Protect the new pit rule -- write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper
May 9, 2008 -- New Mexico's Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) signed the final version of the oil and gas waste pit rule today. The new rule takes effect over the next several weeks.
Pits under the new rule: lined, permitted, more respectful of water and property
The new pit rule bans unlined pits entirely and requires that all pits are permitted with the Oil Conservation Division (OCD). At long last, the public will finally have an inventory of pits in our state! The new rule also strengthens liner requirements and effectively requires the use of closed loop systems in close proximity to our water resources and homes.
TAKE ACTION: write a letter to the editor
Before celebrating this victory please take a minute to keep up the momentum in holding the oil and gas industry accountable to New Mexicans. Industry lobbyists are still trying to convince legislators and community leaders that common sense oil and gas regulations will drive oil and gas companies out of New Mexico.
Write a letter to your local newspaper and let them know that you support strengthening oil and gas protections and do not want to see this rule or any other oil and gas gains rolled back.
Step 1 - Select a Recipient
The Letter to the Editor (LTE) section of the newspaper is one of the most widely read. Elected officials often monitor this section of the newspaper and take notice of constituents' opinions.
This web interface eases the LTE process by taking the letter you write and emailing it directly to the papers of your choosing.
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