Momentum is with us in our fight against New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC)'s proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Plant (LNG) in Rio Rancho. In September the PRC voted to reject the proposed settlement agreement between NMGC and the PRC's staff attorneys, citing the nature and the extent of the opposition in this case, including New Energy Economy, Western Resource Advocates, Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, and the Office of the Attorney General. Two weeks ago the Bernalillo County Commission passed a resolution opposing the proposed plant, and subsequently the PRC ordered a special hearing to listen to Public Comment from the community on November 20th - Monday - from 3:00 to 7:00PM.
Here's where you come in! Here are the details:
When: Monday, Nov 20th 3:00pm to 7:00pm, comment length is 3 minutes
Where: Sandoval County Commission Chambers 1500 Idalia Rd. Bldg. D, Bernalillo, NM 87004.
How: To make public comment in person (best!) you do not need to sign up in advance. Just fill out the sign- in sheet at the Sandoval County Commission Chambers. To sign up for zoom or telephone comment and receive an email from the PRC with phone number or zoom link contact Patrick Rodriguez via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (505) 490-7910. The email subject should say “Docket No. 22-00309-UT: NM Gas Co. LNG Facility CCN Application - Public Comment Hearing.”
And let us know if you can make it via zoom or in person click here. This is so we can keep track of the number of speakers.
Never made public comment before?? Don't worry. Just sign up, write down what you want to say and practice with a timer (comment is usually limited to 2-3 minutes), and then show up and speak from the heart about why this issue matters to you as an individual. Taking action is the best antidote to fear.
And when we unite we are powerful! Today we learned that Senator Pope, along with 13 other NM legislators sent a letter opposing LNG to the Public Regulation Commission! The legislators letter is an excellent source of information and facts to inform your own comments. The legislators were quoted in this article More than a dozen state lawmakers express opposition to proposed LNG storage facility | NM Political Report saying:
“My constituents have been loud and clear – they don’t want this facility in their backyards,” state Sen. Harold Pope, D-Albuquerque. “The law requires that the public interest include the consideration of the risk of adverse effects the LNG facility may impose on the quality of life of the people and the effect on the environment.”
“The residents in my district have been adamant they are not convinced that this LNG plant makes any sense; NMGC’s plant proposal is scary and unnecessary and adds too much health and cost risk,” Rep. Joy Garratt, D-Albuquerque. “Apparently, there is no actual problem with NMGC reliability – so why is this facility actually needed? It will add a cost burden to people who are already struggling to pay their utility bills. Adding unnecessary cost in these economically perilous times doesn’t make sense, especially when the company has not justified its acquisition expense against alternatives.”