Raúl Torrez | Attorney General

AG Balderas Statement ahead of Interior Secretary Zinke’s Visit to New Mexico


Contact: James Hallinan (505) 660-2216

Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement ahead of Interior Secretary Zinke’s visit to New Mexico:

“New Mexicans and visitors alike value our monuments for reasons as varied as conservation and ecology, economic opportunity, culture, history, archaeology, and spirituality. The
designations of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monuments are lawful, constitutional, and reflect the ideals embodied in the Antiquities Act. We will use every tool available to us to protect them from unlawful modification, including litigation.” – Attorney General Hector Balderas

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