Make your voice count.
The polka-dotted landscape in the photo below is an aerial view of Rio Arriba County west of the Continental Divide.
Each dot that you see is a pad with a hydraulic fracturing well.
Let our elected officials know why this kind oil and gas development is not appropriate for the Rio Chama Watershed!
Activists of all political stripes recommend calling legislators, not just emailing. A phone call from constituents can hold more weight than an email, and far outweighs a Facebook post or a tweet. Calling and having your voice heard is empowering and makes a difference!
The below is from the public databse/government website https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
CALLING OUR FEDERAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
Donald Trump (R). Call the White House Switchboard on 202-456-1414 or the comments line at 202-456-1111 during business hours.
MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS
The Congress of the United States is the legislative, or lawmaking, branch of the federal government and is made up of two houses; the Senate and the House of Representatives.
OUR U.S. SENATORS
New Mexico is represented by two State Senators in the U.S. Senate
Martin Heinrich (D) (202) 224-5521
Tom Udall (D) (202) 224-6621
OUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVES
New Mexico is represented by three Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of these is our Representative from our Congressional District 3, which covers most of Northern NM.
Ben Ray Luhan (D) (202) 225-6190
CALLING OUR STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS
The New Mexico Legislature is the law-making branch of the state government of New Mexico. Like the U.S. Congress, it has two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
THE GOVERNOR OF NEW MEXICO
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on (505)-476-2200 to speak with a Constituent Services representative
OUR SENATOR NM LEGISLATURE
Richard C. Martinez (D) (District 5 including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties)
Capitol Phone (505) 986-4487 Home Phone (505) 747-2337 (listed for the public)
OUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE NM LEGISLATURE
Susan Herrera (D) (District: 41 including Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4249
Home Phone: (505) 579 0092 (listed for the public)
CONTACTING OUR RIO ARRIBA COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS
The three elected County Commissioners of The Rio Arriba Board of Commissioners set policy and its implementation in the County. They are Commissioner James Martinez, District I (Chimayo area). Commissioner Leo V Jaramillo, District II (Espanola Area), Commissioner Danny Garcia, District III (Abiquiu North).
OUR COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Danny Garcia, District III which is the entire Eastern and Northern portion of the County, including Abiquiu, Chama and areas in the County East of the Continental Divide.
Email Danny Garcia on: email@example.com or call the County on (505) 753-2992 and ask to leave a statement for Commissioner Garcia.
A sure way to have your voice heard to Rio Arriba legislators is to attend and speak at the Monthly County Commission Meeting. The Board of County Commission hold regular meetings the last Thursday of each month and alternate between Espanola and Amarilla, beginning at 10 am. Look on the homepage of the County website, www.rio-arriba.org for next meeting details. There is a portion of each Commission Meeting where members of the public have 5 minutes to voice their concerns. For groups of individuals to speak for longer than 5 minutes or make a presentation, you need to have your Item put on the Agenda at least 3 weeks before the Commission Meeting by calling the County Espanola Office on (505) 753-2992.
RIO CHAMA WATERSHED FACES NEW FRACK LEASING IN DECEMBER 2018
Here we go again folks. This December, the Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office is offering up 13 new parcels of Greater Chaco Land for oil and gas leasing, one of which is on the boundary of The Rio Chama Watershed and is located six miles north of State Rd 112 and approximately 25 miles northeast of Lybrook. See map at the bottom of this page. This parcel is near to the Continental Divide and on the western boundary of the Watershed. The remaining 12 parcels in this lease sale are outside of our watershed but are part of the Greater Chaco landscape.
The "scoping period" for these parcels took place in July. As all sales are slated to take place online, there is no option to protest in person. Our opportunity to register our public protests with the BLM in the form of protest letters will be from October 22, 2018 to October 31, 2018.
Please Join Us at the El Rito Library to Write a Protest Letter
Public protest letters on your part have made a huge difference in previous lease sales. Since 2012 we have had no new oil and gas activity in the Rio Chama Watershed. RACC can HAND DELIVER the letter you write at either of these events, directly to the BLM office in Santa Fe.
Saturday Oct. 13, 10am-2pm
We will provide talking points, paper, and pens. You will be guided through how to write a protest letter. It's easy, informative and creative! To show our thanks, we have door prizes to raffle, and fun giveaways for those attending. We'll serve coffee, tea, sweet and savory treats, and of course, chocolate!
Saturday Oct. 27, 10am-2pm
Want to get your "frack geek" on and write a more technical letter to the BLM that directly responds to the Environmental Analysis for the December parcels? This event will be hosted by RIO ARRIBA CONCERNED CITIZEN'S BLM liaison. The information and talking points shared at this event will help you to write the most powerful protest letter possible.
If You Can't Join Us, Just Write Your Own Letter!
We have put together detailed instructions and a sample letter you can edit. You don't have to be a resident; visitors and lovers of the Rio Chama Watershed can write valid protest letters. But don't delay! We are no longer allowed to send our comments by fax or email. Your letter must be delivered in person or received in the mail between October 22 thru October 31st.
Every letter counts. Every voice matters.
The combined protests from our New Mexico communities and others nationwide led to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's cancellation of the BLM Land Sales that were slated for March 2018.
WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!
THE BLM PROTEST PERIOD CLOSES IN