New Mexico Threats Map
The uses of water, air and land are diverse in New Mexico and will change dramatically with climate change. For caretakers of this sacred trust, this map offers a bird’s eye view of the health of our environment. It documents primarily the energy-related sources of pollution, though in New Mexico other polluting factors are also at work.
On this page you can see a small version of the the New Mexico Threats Map and the legend. We have also provided pdf versions in three different sizes suitable for printing and viewing. Even the smallest pdf will show you great detail online. Both the 11˝ x 17˝ version and the 8.5˝ x 14˝ version show the Threats Map, the legend and two oil and gas maps (also below). The 8.5˝ x 11˝ version only contains the Threats Map and legend.
The Threats Map is a work in progress and does not cover abatement sites, solid waste facilities, agricultural waste and voluntary remediation sites, among other things. Also, this map shows major water basins only. The version on the site now was revised in early 2016 and includes the WIPP release plume, the methane cloud over the Four Corners area and better information on coal fire plant effects, among other updates. Please view our Reference Page to see reference material for the map.
In addition to the Threats Map, two oil and gas maps showing oil & gas production and the thousands of oil & gas wells in New Mexico are shown below. Neither of these maps shows the 4-Corners methane cloud, but that has been added to the oil & gas map in the two larger pdf versions above. Finally, we’ve included a map of some of the contamination and fires around Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Oil and Gas Maps
Map of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
- Partnership for Earth Spirituality at http://www.earthspirituality.org
- Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) at http://masecoalition.org and
- Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) at http://www.nuclearactive.org
- Communities for Clean Water (CCW) at http://www.ccwnewmexico.org
- New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light at http://www.nm-ipl.org
We are grateful for the generous support of the Mercy sisters – Northeast Community for these maps and this website.