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Threats to roll back state environmental rules (Listen again)
(2010-12-02)
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There's concern among environmentalists in New Mexico that the incoming Martinez administration will roll back some of the rules and controls placed on such businesses as the drilling industry. One of these is the so-called Pit Rule. The state's current rule requires oil drillers to use more efficient liners in open pits where waste from drilling is dumped. And in some cases, the waste has to be hauled away. The issue is going to court in a few days to hear industry's appeal of the rule. Managers in the current administration are preparing for that hearing and so is the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. We asked lawyer Bruce Frederick of the law center to bring us up to date on the issue.

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