Friday, June 20, 2008

Tierra Amarilla residents claim oil company crossed them

Group not forthcoming about well-pad locations, landowners say

Tierra Amarilla landowners protesting proposed wells on their ranches told a state hearing officer in testimony Friday that the oil company, Approach Resources, has not dealt fairly with them concerning the location of well pads and compensation for entering their land.

The landowners and Rio Arriba County are asking the state to cancel four permits it has approved for drilling of exploratory oil wells east of Tierra Amarilla and six pending permit applications because of their potential to harm water and other resources.

The Oil Conservation Division hearing officer, David Brooks, accepted evidence and testimony from the landowners, the county and Approach Resources. He will make a recommendation on the permits to Oil Conservation Division Director Mark Fesmire. more>>>>

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