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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:00 pm

New Mexico’s skies — whether the brilliant blue of day or the deep velvet dark of night — are one of the state’s foremost attractions.

Almost 15 years ago, the New Mexico Legislature recognized the importance of preserving darkness, passing the Night Sky Protection Act. The legislation had two purposes: to protect the dark and to save energy. Both the city of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County also regulate light pollution, ensuring that we still can see the stars above even as population expands.

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  • Philip Taccetta posted at 8:26 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

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    Anyone driving at night between Santa Fe and Albuquerque can see the light pollution at the asphalt emulsion on the north side of the Galisteo River. The cliffs on the escarpment are lit up like daylight. They are protected by virtue of being on Santo Domingo land and the fact they are a business requiring lighting for safety. Sandia Casino lights up what's probably a 20 acre parking lot with almost no pollution of the night sky. How can we get an oil company to do the right thing and install lighting that protects their workers safety as well as the night sky? For drivers on I-25 it's rarely noticed but for those of us who live in the county it's as bright as the light from Santa Fe. If we truly want our night skies back we have to address the issue of corporations that are exempt for whatever reason. One would think that they would want to comply just to be good neighbors.

     
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