Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mora County Residents Warned About Oil, Gas Drilling

"MORA — Most speakers during a public meeting this week on possible oil and gas drilling in Mora County had a similar message — beware.

A new group, Drilling Mora County, which opposes drilling, invited a number of people from environmental groups and government agencies to speak about the effects of energy development. Missing were any voices from the oil and gas industry itself.

Organizers said they had invited representatives of Albuquerque-based KHL Inc., which is looking to lease mineral rights northeast of Mora, a first step that could lead to eventual drilling. But the company didn’t show.

The forum was originally supposed to be in the form of a County Commission meeting, but that meeting was canceled, with Drilling Mora County carrying on.

More than 200 people packed the Mora schools gym to listen to nine panelists give their views on oil and gas drilling. Some residents in the Ocaté area have reportedly already signed leases with KHL." (full article, click here).

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