Common Ground Community Trust

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Common Ground Community Trust 
Asha Canalos gives a first-hand account of Fracking and compressor stations had on the health of communities in upstate New York. She and her community were one of the first communities in the country to go through fracking activity and pipeline and compressor station issues. Her account is educational and people need to listen to it. 

Here we are again one year later and in the same boat, we need a legal retainer to help with filing an emergency injunction against the County.  On Thursday, November 8th the board voted to allow fracking in a Ban Fracking Zones in the Middle of the Rio Grande basin and an area where the City of Rio Rancho gets it drinking water.  We have 30 days from final passage to file.  

Area A allows fracking and drilling under permissive use meaning Communities of Navajo and Hispanics will not get a public hearing or commenting on any private drilling application in the County.  The Commissioner Sold them out and put forward no Protections including taking out Tribal Consultation and any language that requested insertion into the ordinance.  

Area B Bans Fracking but allows for conventional Drilling over the entire county with the Exception of a floor amendment inserted into the draft document by Commissioner Heil to allow fracking of the City of Rio Rancho's water supply in a heavily faulted and fractures area of the Nascimento Rift of the Rio Grande. This area is a highly thermal area of a super volcano on which sits the nuclear facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

The operators also plan to re-Inject produced water which is known to induce seismic activity, earthquakes. 


Commissioner Heil and Eichwald voted to allow fracking in Rio Rancho Estates at 11-8-18 county meeting.

Eichwald sells out TriChapter offering no protections not even a public hearing or right to public comment on drilling impacting them and Rio Rancho area

In a surprise floor amendment, Commissioner Heil puts the screws to the residents in Rio Rancho

The scientific data shows contamination highly likely impacting Rio Rancho water supply and the Albuquerque basin.

The county commissioner and other government elected and appointed officials continuous assaults on clean water are sadly ignored by those who presume that there is no threat to their own access to clean water and take the logistics of how water finds its way to their tap for granted. They commonly refuse to initiate any action on this issue until their own access to clean water is compromised. They illustrate the all too common "I've got mine; screw everyone else" attitude pervasive amongst those involved in determining public policy who do little to nothing to protect the health and safety of own constituencies unless it advances their own incumbencies.

This is what state capture looks like--Commissioner Heil made the amendment and voted to allow fracking in Rio Rancho Estate Units I,2,3,4,5,6. AMREP has over 55,000 parcels (a parcel can include several acres), this is where the City of Rio Rancho Pumps its drinking water. Any fracking in this area will decimate the drinking water for 90,000 people and threatens the Albuquerque basin. Is the City Ok with this? Tell commissioner Heil where he can stick this amendment! Below is the inset and Shows the units including where the City of Rio Rancho is redrilling a municipal well, spending millions of dollars on water projects.  City residents already pay the highest water rates in the state of NM. The City Council and the is silence and is allowing the poisoning of the water, air, and impacts to health in the region. 


Here are the shenanigans both Mayor Hull and Commissioner Heil are engaged in:


For more information please read more at http://commongroundrising.org/blog.

To learn the latest updates. We have solutions that have been ignored

On 11/29 the first and only public comment on the county Oil and Gas Ordinance will be allowed at the final hearing on the proposed ordinance up for a final vote

Our website will have the latest updates

The map 1 shows the ban fracking zone the area outlined in green at the bottom is the Rio Rancho Estates area Map2 shows the area with the various units that were exempted from the Ban fracking zone.

We live in a highly fractured area where they cannot frack without aquifer destruction. There is no way to remediate aquifers from this poisoning with the explosive contaminated destruction of the earth and our water supply.

This is a blatant attempt to do the bidding for the unscrupulous corporation of AMREP and it mineral lease purchaser Thrust Energy, they brought Sandridge here and they have a list of fracking operators brought here from others states that have destroyed rivers and aquifers.

I hope you let your voice heard to David heil and the county commission

We need your help with the legal retainer and general expense to fight this battle to get the type of ordinance that will protect the region. 

Www.commongroundrising.org  For more information

About Us
The Common Ground Community Trust is grassroots community 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 water and air so that any funds received will benefit our community. We are fiscally sponsored by the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice 

Common Ground Community Trust is created to help protect water, air, health and safety of the community residents which supports community groups to rise up to meet the challenges posed by the onslaught of the oil and gas industry. We are facing the creation of the next Permian basin for drilling oil and fracking for gas for Mancos Shale. It is about the County Commision protecting corporate profits and power by overruling democratically made local policies and regulations. The Ordinance process has been going on for 3 years and we are back where we started. the Current one like the other 6 drafts offers NO PROTECTIONS. 

The money will be used toward fiscal expenses that include office expenses, legal fees, documentation, research, community forums and to help our group get to meetings and give presentations via video and in- person and on a live stream. We are looking to hire a mediator to Stop this travesty and if this fails we will go in with various groups to file an injunction against the County. We can use your help.

We need funds as the threat of fracking and drilling of 15,000 leases are ready to drill in the Albuquerque Basin once the oil and gas ordinances are in effect. After 18 months of working on a draft ordinance, the County is now considering streamlining a 10-day permit process between the state and county for an Oil and Gas permit application.

New Mexico's 4 Corners area is the #1 emitter of GHG emissions in the lower 48 States is one of our priorities in order to protect the futures of our children.

All donations made on this site are not tax-exempt or deductible. 
For Tax exempt donations checks must be made our to our fiscal sponsor:
Albuquerque Center Peace and Justice
C/O Common Ground Community Trust
907 Nyasa RD SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124 

Our children will thank you!
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Asha Canalos gives a first-hand account of Fracking and compressor stations had on the health of communities

The People won a delay when the County Commissioner voted the ordinance down. The war of fracking impacts is still being waged by the industry against the people in Sandoval County .

The Violations of IPRA and OMA are Still outstanding and We plan to continue to hold the County accountable.

We need your help for the legal retainer.

January 18th County Commission Meeting
Chambers 3rd Floor
1500 Idalia Rd Bernalillo, NM 87124
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The Next Meeting is DEC 14th the Commissioners made two lame amendments that allow for a more affluent town in the County receive a notice to drill while everyone else in the county has not notifications. The second amendment was that the County Attorney is on the hook to approve the permits along with Planning director in order to Rubberstamp approvals.

Several Pueblo Governors showed up at this meeting with a resolution from the All Pueblo Council of Governors and the Dine' representative from the East Navajo Agency and their concerns for Tribal Consultation was ignored.

You can help us be contributing to the legal fund to hold these Commissioners accountable.
Hands up if your against Fracking!
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