WHAT SANDOVAL COUNTY RESIDENTS NEED TO KNOW
#Common Ground Rising / Stop Fracking the Rio Grande Valley
People who were turned away from the Oct 5th and/or Oct 19th meeting by Sandoval County Fire and Sheriff Department and were not allowed to public comments please come to the meeting. We hope you will make a statement and sign an affidavit for filing on Opening Meeting Violations against the County.
- IF YOU LIVE WEST OF UNSER BLVD, or in Sandoval County where drilling is imminent
- IF YOU RELY ON GROUND WATER WELL,
- IF YOUR CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOLS WITHIN 5 MILES OF UNSER BLVD IN RIO RANCHO or potetnial Frack pad.
- YOU NEED TO COME TO THIS MEETING.
WHERE: Loma Colorado Library Main Library Auditorium
755 Loma Colorado Rio Rancho NM
WHEN: Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. to 12 pm
CONTACT: Elaine Cimino, Common Ground Rising Co-director, firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 604-9772 www.commongroundrising.org
Many of these issues have been ignored in order to allow for increased revenue to the County and State, and allowing environmental, health, safety and economic impacts to taxpayers and minority communities from water and air pollution, which regulations are not enforced or missing.
Andrea La Cruz Crawford is assisting the Common Ground Community Trust in addressing a number of concerns relating to this public process. Namely, we are concerned with a lack of transparency in whether certain health, safety, cultural heritage and environmental concerns will be taken into consideration in adopting the Oil and Gas Ordinance and are looking at numerous violations of Inspection of Public Records Act and potential violations of the Open Meetings Act by the Board of County Commissioners. It is the duty of this public body to ensure that “all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of public officers and employees.”
The Board of County Commissioners has failed to release or respond to records requests for documents relating to this ordinance, which were made over a year ago where the rule requires disclosure within no more that fifteen days.
Further, there have been complaints that the Board of County Commissioners has been locking members of the general public out of these meetings while permitting members of the oil and gas industry to enter the building in clear violation of the Open Meetings Act.
If the Board of County Commissioners intends to hold this or future meetings they must ensure that all members of the public who wish to attend may do so, and, that they table the vote on the Oil and Gas Ordinance until they have complied with the public records requests submitted to them; addressed health and safety issues; and fully addressed cultural concerns with each of the Tribes who will be impacted by this ordinance.
The Common Ground Community Trust is grassroots community residents group 501 c 3 in Albuquerque/Rio Rancho NM. We started this grassroots group while working on the threats of oil and gas fracturing to the Rio Grande Valley. We are asking for support to protect our water and air from the oil and gas industry by donating to our cause. We formed this trust to help protect our children’s future.