Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Planning Meeting Update

The meeting with the planner (see previous post) was about the hydrogeology of the Galisteo Basin. In short, the Galisteo Basin hydrogeology is not fully understood, but what we do know is that it is highly fractured, faulted and complex. The County must have Critical Management Areas (CMA) to prohibit oil and gas drilling in those areas. Also, the oil and gas amendments to the Land Use Code need to not only address oil drilling, but natural gas and coal bed methane extraction, too. What if the Galisteo Basin were to become a natural gas field? What are the cumulative effects in 50 years?

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