CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – The government shutdown is bringing even more concerns to southeast New Mexico where the oil and gas industry is taking a hard hit.
“With the price of oil where it is, with the production and the activity level, it’s a tremendous benefit to the state of New Mexico,” said Raye Miller, chairman of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.
But with the government shutdown, parts of that booming industry have been forced to a halt.
“It’s basically shutting down part of their industry,” said Bureau of Land Management Environmental Protection Specialist Joe Amos.
The problem lies with the BLM, the agency responsible for processing drilling permits and authorizing businesses to drill on federal land.
BLM officials say with the government shut down oil and gas companies can’t get their drilling applications approved, which means new operations will be put on hold.