This is the stunning, unique and precious Rio Chama Watershed, New Mexico

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Who are Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens?

We are a grassroots organization that defends against Oil and Gas development in the Rio Chama Watershed, NM while educating and advocating for sustainable, safe energy and income sources in our region.

Our Considerations Are:

  • To inform and educate our community on current issues that affect public health, safety, land, air and water quality in the Rio Chama Watershed.
  • To promote the Rio Chama Watershed as a model for sustainable development and renewable energy.
  • To stand for the “Frontier District” as designated in the Rio Arriba County Oil and Gas Ordinance (2009). This district is east of the Continental Divide and home of the Rio Chama Watershed.
  • To maintain a relationship with Federal, State, and County decision-makers to provide information and education concerning Oil and Gas development and promoting Green Energy to the wider community.

Keep up with the latest environmental and sustainability news affecting our Watershed, region and the wider world via our Facebook stream.

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Wastewater Reused Rule Hearings Extended! From New Energy Economy–“Fracking waste reuse hearing extended for several days in July as evidence of discharge and reuse dangers continues to be exposed”. The last paragraph says it all - “IT HAS ONLY BECOME MORE OBVIOUS AND MORE URGENT THAT THE DISCHARGE OF PRODUCED WATER MUST BE PROHIBITED”

Report highlights from NEE (edited for brevity) -
“What came out in the hearing thus far? The proposed Reuse rule is supposed to be based on research proving that allowed uses can be conducted safely, but if there is anything that this hearing has exposed most clearly, it is the lack of quality research and data provided by the Produced Water Research Consortium to date.”

“The Consortium and industry have been rushing headlong towards authorization of reuse despite the fact that the data produced to prove safety and the oversight of existing pilot projects has been woefully inadequate.”

“(All of this) despite the fact that NMED (New Mexico Environmental Dept.) has testified that fracking waste is toxic and dangerous, and even the Produced Water Research Consortium Director Hightower testified today that produced water is a hazardous substance and can contain total dissolved solids three times higher than sea water and could have negative impacts for humans and aquatic life before being treated and "polished," as he calls it.”

“(The authors found) the majority of those byproducts "exhibited levels of toxicity ranging from very high-to-high in one or more toxicity categories (mostly developmental toxicity and acute ecotoxicity)." Even the process of cleaning the fracking waste creates new sources of toxicity! “

“It has only become more obvious and more urgent that the discharge of produced water must be prohibited, and that the reuse of produced water authorized under this proposed rule poses a dangerous risk that must also be prohibited. The rule was promulgated prematurely, without first ascertaining that Reuse can be conducted safely.’

For more details you can sign up for email updates on the New Energy Economy website. Many thanks to NEE for their efforts.
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Wastewater Reused Rule Hearings Extended! From New Energy Economy–“Fracking waste reuse hearing extended for several days in July as evidence of discharge and reuse dangers continues to be exposed”. The last paragraph says it all - “IT HAS ONLY BECOME MORE OBVIOUS AND MORE URGENT THAT THE DISCHARGE OF PRODUCED WATER MUST BE PROHIBITED”
Report highlights from NEE (edited for brevity) -
“What came out in the hearing thus far? The proposed Reuse rule is supposed to be based on research proving that allowed uses can be conducted safely, but if there is anything that this hearing has exposed most clearly, it is the lack of quality research and data provided by the Produced Water Research Consortium to date.”
“The Consortium and industry have been rushing headlong towards authorization of reuse despite the fact that the data produced to prove safety and the oversight of existing pilot projects has been woefully inadequate.” 
“(All of this) despite the fact that NMED (New Mexico Environmental Dept.) has testified that fracking waste is toxic and dangerous, and even the Produced Water Research Consortium Director Hightower testified today that produced water is a hazardous substance and can contain total dissolved solids three times higher than sea water and could have negative impacts for humans and aquatic life before being treated and polished, as he calls it.”
“(The authors found) the majority of those byproducts exhibited levels of toxicity ranging from very high-to-high in one or more toxicity categories (mostly developmental toxicity and acute ecotoxicity). Even the process of cleaning the fracking waste creates new sources of toxicity! “
“It has only become more obvious and more urgent that the discharge of produced water must be prohibited, and that the reuse of produced water authorized under this proposed rule poses a dangerous risk that must also be prohibited. The rule was promulgated prematurely, without first ascertaining that Reuse can be conducted safely.’ 
For more details you can sign up for email updates on the New Energy Economy website. Many thanks to NEE for their efforts.

From New Energy Economy - A video burst outlining the hearings happening today regarding the Wastewater Reuse Rule. Can you take 30 seconds to sign and share the petition? Link below the video. Deadline is tomorrow for public comment. ... See MoreSee Less

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