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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Monday, October 3rd, YUCCA (Youth United for Climate Crisis Action) is hosting a march and rally in Santa Fe - coinciding with a meeting of Oil and Gas executives from New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) - happening Saturday through Tuesday.

These execs will be planning their strategies for the 2023 NM legislative session. We'll report on any news that comes from these meetings - and watch specifically for hydrogen energy development which was a hot topic in last year's sessions. Citizens were able to tamp down any dirty hydrogen bills, but we can count on the issue returning in 2023.

From YUCCA - "While New Mexico continues to experience the devastating effects of climate change, where wildfires have ravaged over 120,000 acres, and water-stress levels continue to be extremely high compared to the rest of the nation, the oil and gas industry continues to come out in force to deepen the state’s dependence on fossil fuels. "

"Oil and gas executives from New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) will gather this Saturday - Tuesday in Santa Fe to plan how to continue to extract and exploit our lands and communities."

"Let's show the NMOGA that we refuse to be complicit while their fossil fuel extraction leads us down a path of total climate collapse."

"YUCCA and Indigenous climate justice partners, as well as allies and supporters have organized a march and rally during the opening session of the annual NMOGA Meeting. Youth and allies will gather to demand an end to oil and gas extraction and exploitation that puts fossil fuel profits over the health, safety, and futures of New Mexicans."
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Monday, October 3rd, YUCCA (Youth United for Climate Crisis Action) is hosting a march and rally in Santa Fe - coinciding with a meeting of Oil and Gas executives from New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) - happening Saturday through Tuesday. 
These execs will be planning their strategies for the 2023 NM legislative session. Well report on any news that comes from these meetings - and watch specifically for hydrogen energy development which was a hot topic in last years sessions. Citizens were able to tamp down any dirty hydrogen bills, but we can count on the issue returning in 2023.
From YUCCA - While New Mexico continues to experience the devastating effects of climate change, where wildfires have ravaged over 120,000 acres, and water-stress levels continue to be extremely high compared to the rest of the nation, the oil and gas industry continues to come out in force to deepen the state’s dependence on fossil fuels. 
Oil and gas executives from New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) will gather this Saturday - Tuesday in Santa Fe to plan how to continue to extract and exploit our lands and communities. 
Lets show the NMOGA that we refuse to be complicit while their fossil fuel extraction leads us down a path of total climate collapse.
 YUCCA and Indigenous climate justice partners, as well as allies and supporters have organized a march and rally during the opening session of the annual NMOGA Meeting. Youth and allies will gather to demand an end to oil and gas extraction and exploitation that puts fossil fuel profits over the health, safety, and futures of New Mexicans.
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