MRCOG has led unsustainable growth policies since its inception, promoting schemes like the Northwest Loop (NWL), Paseo Del Vulcan (PDV) and Atrisco Vista Boulevard (AVB) extensions. These sprawl-promoting "roads to nowhere" are the latest chapter in an old New Mexico tale - land and resource speculation, aided and abetted by local government. There is a taxpayer-funded boondoggle at the heart of this story. Over a decade ago, Sandoval County paid $6 million for two brine wells as part of a plan to find water for the county's west side. The plan collapsed due to investor squabbles, the economic recession, and the high cost of desalination. The brine water proved to be toxic, with dangerous concentrations of heavy metals, including radium. The abandoned wells leaked from 2015-2017, spewing millions of gallons of radioactive water into the watershed. Now, plans for the wells are back, along with schemes for fertilizer plants, lithium mining, and fracking. All in areas "coincidentally" served by these road extensions. In 2017, while citizens were busy fighting the pro-fracking Oil and Gas Ordinance in Sandoval County, MRCOG was busy reviving the PDV project and the AVB extension. The NorthWest Loop is not under their purview.