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Burning Cathedrals for Firewood

From New Mexico Business Weekly March 13 - 18 By Nathan Newcomer Associate Director New Mexico Wilderness Alliance  As a fifth generation New Mexican and grandson of a roughneck oil worker, I know all about the benefits of oil and gas drilling, and I also know about the consequences to our environment, health, and future quality of...

Moratorium on mesa?

From the Alamogordo Daily News Domenici adds voice to support drilling restraint on Otero Mesa By Michael Becker, Managing Editor 05/24/2007 Sen. Pete Domenici joined the growing chorus of voices calling for a moratorium on natural gas drilling in Otero Mesa. Domenici, R-N.M., said in a news release issued Wednesday that he has written to the...

Moratorium critical for Otero Mesa

From The Ruidoso News Time needed to research aquifer in the Salt Basin 06/05/2007 Bipartisanship, lacking as it is in today's divisive political arena, can be a wonderful thing. It is especially welcomed with the meeting of the minds of New Mexico's two U.S. senators, one a Democrat, the other a Republican, in calling for a...

Moratorium a good idea

From the Alamogordo Daily News EDITORIAL 04/21/2007 Calls for a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Otero Mesa are reasonable, given plans to study the extent and quality of the Salt Basin aquifer that sits underneath it. The U.S. Geological Survey and the state's Interstate Stream Commission are preparing to begin that study. USGS...

Senators, Udall seek to put off drilling on Otero Mesa

From the Santa Fe New Mexican By FELICIA FONSECA | Associated Press May 23, 2007 Congressional delegation wants to ensure groundwater is protected ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to hold off on its oil and gas leasing program on Otero Mesa until a study on the state’s...

Report: Oil and gas development on southern New Mexico’s Otero Mesa isn’t worth the effort

By Tim Korte ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Montana-based research group that studies Western land issues has concluded oil and natural gas development on southern New Mexico's Otero Mesa would offer limited jobs and revenue, even at peak production. Not surprisingly, the report from Headwaters Economics was hailed by New Mexico environmentalists after its release last week. ...

Keeping Out of the Otero Mesa

The New York Times EDITORIAL February 4, 2005 Last week, the Bureau of Land Management signed a decision to allow new oil and gas leasing on some of the most important and most fragile grasslands left in America. At risk is an expanse of wild Chihuahuan Desert grasslands - the largest still in existence - in the...

Ranchers Join Fight To Limit Drilling at Otero Mesa

Albuquerque Journal ]Thursday, July 31, 2003 By Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer Otero Mesa ranchers and a group that campaigns to protect private property rights are joining environmentalists in a fight to limit new oil and gas drilling in a remote but highly valued expanse of southern New Mexico. "What's right is right," said G.B. Oliver...

New Mexico Won’t Go Down Without a Fight Over Drilling

L.A. Times • Lawsuit seeks to stop federal plan to extract oil and gas from sensitive grassland area. By Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer April 28, 2005 New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson raised the ante Friday in his battle to protect a rare desert grassland by announcing the state had filed suit to stop the Bush administration...

Moratorium critical for Otero Mesa

The Ruidoso News Time needed to research aquifer in the Salt Basin 06/05/2007 Bipartisanship, lacking as it is in today's divisive political arena, can be a wonderful thing. It is especially welcomed with the meeting of the minds of New Mexico's two U.S. senators, one a Democrat, the other a Republican, in calling for a groundwater...

Otero Mesa Decision Warrants Moratorium

T or C Herald EDITORIAL By Carlos A. Padilla HERALD Editor Sierra County officials may be considering a June 14 resolution in support of protecting a vital Salt Basin aquifer in our backyard. New Mexico’s largest untapped freshwater aquifer lies beneath the vast wilderness of Otero Mesa. The reason our elected officials should support a...

Otero Mesa Victory!

On April 28, 2009 the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision invalidating the Bureau of Land Management’s oil and gas drilling plan for New Mexico’s Otero Mesa. The court ruled that the BLM’s original Resource Management Plan Amendment, which opened the vast majority of Otero Mesa to oil and gas leasing and limited protection for the...

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