Photo Beata Tsosie-Peña , Rachele Agoyo and Elisa Lucero.
500-plus New Mexicans attend Environment Day at the Roundhouse
By Sierra Club
More than 500 environmental activists descended on the New Mexico Roundhouse on Tuesday to learn about critical climate, air, land and wildlife legislation, get tips on lobbying their elected representatives and hear heartbreaking testimonials of those living with the everyday consequences of oil, gas and coal extraction.
“I don’t feel safe in my own home,” said Penny Aucoin, who was at home near Carlsbad last week when a nearby WPX pipe burst and showered Aucoin and her husband as well as their animals with fracking wastewater. “I did not ask for this. I signed no contracts warning me about this risk. Where is the advocacy and help for families who become victims? Protocol needs to be put into place so that this doesn’t not happen to anyone else ever.”