Statement on New Mexico Environment Department’s hire of former Earthworks Energy Director Bruce Baizel

Background: On December, 11th, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Office of Natural Resources Trustee welcomed former Earthworks Energy Director Bruce Baizel to the role of Legal Director.

Statement by Earthworks Executive Director Jennifer Krill:

“I have seldom worked with anyone who has the quiet power, wisdom, and integrity as Bruce has embodied in his career. For nearly two decades, Bruce has helped to shape and guide Earthworks with pragmatism and conviction. Thanks in large part to his leadership, the regional organization he joined in 2003, the Oil and Gas Accountability Project, has grown into Earthworks’ Energy Program advocating for people and communities across the United States and around the world.

“Bruce’s deep knowledge of the actual consequences of oil and gas extraction on air, water, land, and people–as well as the legal structures that govern how we protect, or fail to protect, it all–is unparalleled.

“The people of New Mexico are lucky to have a Legal Director at the New Mexico Environment Department who sincerely cares about what happens to people and the future of energy in the Land of Enchantment. He is a man who believes that energy policies can and should ensure justice and fairness to everyone. We need more people like Bruce Baizel in places like this in state government.”