Biden's Freeze on Drilling Leases Disrupts New Mexico

Collin Eaton & Dan Frosch, The Wall Street Journal l January 28, 2021

SANTA FE, N.M.— Lance Wilbanks was looking forward to a rebirth for his trucking company, which saw its business hauling drilling rigs across southeastern New Mexico drop from around two dozen a month to just a handful during the pandemic.

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NMOGA Statement on Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Moratorium

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, January 27, 2021 –New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) President Ryan Flynn released the following statement today on President Biden’s announcement of a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands:

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Moratorium Order Shocks New Mexico Oil Industry

Stephen Hamway, Ryan Boetel, and Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal l January 22, 2021

The federal government’s 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits on public lands sent shockwaves through the industry in New Mexico and divided industry experts over potential impacts.

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U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Warns of Economic, Environmental Fallout from Biden Freeze of Federal Leasing

Andrew Baker, Natural Gas Intelligence l January 22, 2021

The Biden administration has frozen awarding new oil and gas drilling permits, as well as leases on federal onshore and offshore property, for 60 days, likely heralding more permanent limits to be enacted down the road.

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News Release: NMOGA Statement on Suspension of Federal Oil and Gas Leasing and Permitting

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, January 21, 2021 –New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) President Ryan Flynn released the following statement today following the Acting Interior Secretary’s sixty day Temporary Suspension of Delegated Authority:

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Four Corners Oil And Gas Community Steps Up And Provides COVID19 Supplies And Scholarships To Local Native American Communities

Logos Resources LLC, PRNewswire l January 20, 2021

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- The 4Corners Chapter of the API has led the 4Corners API COVID19 Tribal Relief Project to rapidly supply urgently needed health products to Native American communities in the Four Corners Region, which have been some of the earliest and hardest hit communities in the nation. Stepping up in a time of community need, members of the energy industry in the Four Corners Region quickly contributed more than $60,000, which has been used to procure and distribute more than 15,500 facemasks, 75,000 ounces of sanitizer and disinfectant, 800 cases of bottled water, and other community-health-supporting supplies, and to create scholarships for members of impacted Native American communities.

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