Promoting the safe and responsible development of oil and gas resources
By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
PUBLISHED: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 12:02 am
NIMBY: Not In My BackYard. Opposition to the locating of something considered undesirable (as a prison or incinerator) in one’s neighborhood.
San Miguel County has placed restrictions so severe on oil and gas exploration and drilling that it might as well be a ban. Mora County has banned oil and gas extraction.
Why not expand the restrictions to the end user as well? Perhaps at their next county commission meetings, commissioners should also ban gasoline pumps. And furnaces. And public school funding. Because those are the kinds of products the oil and gas industry supplies and public services it funds. Almost one-third of the state’s general funds come from taxes and royalties paid by these companies.
It’s a textbook case on nimby-ism, expecting the rest of the state to accommodate the industry and send the fuel and cash north. But what happens if, as the industry fears, it sparks a wave of anti-development sentiment in other counties?
There are lots of opportunities for good jobs in the United States’ oil and gas industry. Energy New Mexico visits with Algenon Cash of the North Carolina Energy Forum regarding job opportunities for minorities in this expanding industry.
By KRWG News And Partners
Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 decision not to list the lizard under the Endangered Species Act. Congressional Western Caucus Co-Chairs Steve Pearce (NM-02) and Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large) along with Western Caucus member Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statements in response to the decision: “It is about time the courts stood up for private landowners over radical environmental groups that continually use sue and settle tactics to exploit taxpayer money to pay lawyers and fund themselves instead of recovering species,” said Chairman Pearce.
by Greg Akagi – Kansas Ag Network
A federal judge has decided a lawsuit challenging increased federal regulation of economic activity and land use in the area that is habitat for the Lesser Prairie Chicken will be litigated in Oklahoma and not transferred to Washington, D.C., Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
The decision yesterday by U.S. District Judge James H. Payne is the second time in the last two months that the federal judiciary has rejected an attempt by the federal government to move the litigation from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 17 – 09/17/2014 – By Nick Snow – OGJ Washington Editor.
The US Senate approved Tom Udall (D-NM) and John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) bill permanently extending a US Bureau of Land Management drilling permit processing improvement pilot program that was established under the 2005 Energy Policy Act. It was scheduled to expire in 2015.
S. 2440, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent, would extend the program that was designed to help the US Department of the Interior agency deal with a drilling permit application backlog while balancing other duties, the senators said following the measure’s adoption on Sept. 16. Click Here to Read Entire Story
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