Tuesday, October 6, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Santa Fe Opera reconsiders decision on drilling in Vegas Basin

Las Vegas Optic

Breaking News

October 6, 2009

By Lee Einer

"The Santa Fe Opera is revisiting its decision to lease nearly 27,000 acres shared mineral rights to drill in the Las Vegas Basin.

The move comes after an outcry by environmentalists, activists and others in the area. They say that oil and gas activity could hurt the environment.

Charles MacKay, director of the Santa Fe Opera, said that he had signed the lease without first examining all of the implications.

"While we believed we were acting in accordance with the donor's wishes that her gift would generate long-term support for our apprentice program, we did not explore what other options might be available to us. and now we are seeking counsel and wide consultation to better understand the situation and where we might go from here," MacKay said.

MacKay said that when he signed the lease, he was unaware that the Wind River Ranch, a 5,000-acre conservation ranch, was affected and was also unfamiliar with the oil and gas industry's practices.

MacKay said a conservation easement is a possibility." More>>>>

1 comment:

  1. Great news! The world is watching to see if SF Opera does the right thing and cancels the contract with Dirty Gas. The negative press they will receive by allowing drilling on their land will hurt them for decades. Money to support the foundation can be raised from "clean donors" without soiling the environment or their good reputation.