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Governor Susana Martinez: Enemy of Nature

October 4, 2013

La Jicarita

Commentary by DAVID CORREIA

Here’s what we know: Since Governor Susana Martinez was elected governor in 2010 she has repealed every major environmental regulation in the state. She rolled back climate change mitigation plans because it hurt industry. She repealed a dairy pit rule that promised to protect groundwater because it cost commercial farmers too much money. She gutted the oil and gas pit rule because her biggest campaign contributors—the oil and gas industry—didn’t want the added expense that came with lining the thousands of leaking pits of toxic slurry that dot the New Mexico landscape. And now, at her urging, the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) rewrote the copper pit rule. It was a criminal act. The 1967 Water Quality Act (NMSA 1978 S 74-6-1) established the authority, in fact the legal obligation, of the WQCC to protect surface and groundwater from the pollution and contamination of industrial activity…

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