WATER GRAB UPDATE
23, 2016 - If APR doesn't get the water, beware the likes
20, 2016 -
The Legislative Interim Committee on Water and Natural Resources
will meet in Socorro Sept 29-30 and the Augustin Plains
Ranch project is on the agenda. The agenda is attached.
If you can attend it will let the committee know that we
are serious about our opposition. We should let the committee
The location of the meeting appears at the top of the agenda.
Below is a map showing the way to the Fidel Center where
the meeting will be. If you'd like to car pool please call
me at 575-772-5866.
I suggest that we go on the second day, September 30.
here for agenda .
is the 2012 press release from the State Engineer office
rejection of the application back then. It has the reasons
for rejection and who protested it.
April 2, 2012 - State
Engineer press release on rejection of Application
8, 2016 - NEW APPLICATION FILED -
Carol Pittman, leading the fight:
Augustin Plains Ranch LLC has published the
legal notice of its new application to mine
water in the Plains of San Augustin. The notice is below,
hopefully in a form readable by most humans. Note that the
RG filing number is the same, indicating that this is the
same application as before, with a few tweaks.
To protest the new application by the APR to
mine water in our Augustin Plains basin: if you have a well
that will be impaired, be sure to stress that circumstance.
ALSO include in your protest that this application
is contrary to conservation of water and public welfare,
but be sure that you include any impairment to your own
well if that is the case. Anybody who lives or owns property
in the vicinity of the Augustin Plains basin will be impaired,
if not immediately, then within the foreseeable future,
and it is important to note that.
Note: Send three copies of your letter (as required in the
If you have previously protested, when you send your letter
please add at the bottom:
PLEASE ADD THESE COMMENTS TO MY PREVIOUS LETTER OF PROTEST
TO THIS PROJECT
The reason for that last line is that the Office of the
State Engineer has told me that they will eliminate duplicate
protests, and we are protesting this application partly
on the basis of public welfare in order to qualify every
protestant as someone who is directly impacted by the project.
The OSE has a tendency to throw out letters of protest if
that office decides that your water supply is not directly
impacted. We want to change that for obvious reasons.
For updates on the progress of this application, please
see the website San Augustin Water Report.
To all of you a BIG THANK YOU for all the years you have
stuck with this effort. We cant quit now!!!
Sample short letter .txt
Sample long letter .txt
press release form Carol Pittman.pdf
Democracy Now! had an interview with the attorney representing
15 farmers in Iowa protesting "Eminent Domain"
use by a private company to force farmers to submit to the
pipeline thorough their land. It is possible eminent domain
might be used by APR to force the taking of our water. Read
the interview here.pdf
may protest Augustin Plains application
It appeared in the Santa
Fe New Mexican
and other papers around the country:
Environmental Law Center comment on the press release:
Meiklejohn, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental
Law Center, said the latest application by the developers
does not include any specifics about who the actual water
users would be and only mentions that cities such as Albuquerque
and Rio Rancho are in the market for more water rights.
appears that the application suffers from the same lack
of end user that was the basis for us getting it dismissed
the first time," he said. "You can't speculate
in water in New Mexico. It's illegal." Santa Fe New
16, 2016 updates:
Propaganda "news releases" have gone out prior
to what will be a new application to move the water from
is one release
to this is another release - A
Proposal for Rainwater Harvesting Gains Momentum in NM
PR firm is The
Watch your local papers. Waite also works for the NM
Rural Water Association
- Cornell report: US
SW May face mega drought this century
Monitor for NM
here for APR web page
16, 2016 - Plans
reveal sobering water future - Laura Paskus - New Mexico
In Depth - May 26, 2016
26, 2016 -
A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide.
The new water barons the Wall Street
banks and elitist multibillionaires are buying up
water all over the world at unprecedented pace. Website
study: Public Information and Regulatory Processes: What
the Public Knows and Regulators Decide - A study published
in Review of Policy Research looks at rulemaking in five
states, including the role of citizen input.
30 - 15 new documents related to the P3 issue are on the
P3 web page. click here
21, 2016 -
article on the annual meeting
Much Groundwater Does the West have?, Simplified (video)
notice from NM Environmental Law Center: The APR will be
re-applying for drilling permits any day now and please
keep an eye on legal notices in your papers. If you see
a notice, notify us with name of paper and date and CC:
the NMELC to make sure it reaches the right people.
may have a partner in Aquifer Science, LLC. If anybody has
information on the relationship with this company, please
let us know.
business registration here.
Nevada registration here
State turns down water bid for East Mountain development
- April 2011 - Aquifer Science, a partnership between Campbell
Ranch and Vidler Water
Company, is applying to the Office of the State Engineer
(OSE) for a permit to pump 1500 acre feet of water from
the Sandia Basin each year.
into this is Vidler New Mexico, LLC
Registration information click
12 - we "won" the court
case. The original 2008 application rejected by the state
engineer stands. Albuquerque Channel 7, KOAT, was there
with video and interviews.
here for article and video
issue from the NM Environmental Law Center: :
The New York-based company seeks to pump 54,000 acre-feet
of water annually through thirty-seven 20 wells. The
Law Center represents approx. 80 individuals and organizations
in this case; our clients are concerned about the impacts
of pumping on their water, on wildlife, springs, and on
the Rio Grande and Gila Rivers, which are hydrologically
connected to the San Augustin Plainsand which is the
last undammed river in the Southwest.
of the legal story here
Judge stands by ruling on water use