Gail Evans, at the lectern, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, speaks at a rally against oil industry pollution Wednesday in Santa Fe.

A coalition of environmental organizations and New Mexicans living on the front lines of the extractive industry filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the state of violating its constitutional duty to control oil and gas pollution.

The lawsuit seeks compliance with a pollution control clause of the New Mexico Constitution, which states the Legislature “shall provide for control of pollution and control of despoilment of the air, water and other natural resources of this state.”

It names Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Legislature and others as defendants and seeks an order to stop new oil and gas production in New Mexico.


Gail Evans, attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, addresses reporters during a rally against the oil industry pollution Wednesday outside the state district courthouse.

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