Monday, October 26, 2009

The Oil Conservation Division (OCD) on the Chopping Block for 7.6% Budget Cut

The OCD could loose 7.6% of its budget after the latest legislative session. Want to let the Governor know what you think? Then, see press release below:


For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Kelleher

October 26, 2009 505-476-2299

Governor Bill Richardson to Hold Office Hours on Tuesday

The Governor is Seeking Public Input on Legislative Budget Cuts

SANTA FE - Governor Bill Richardson will hold office hours on, Tuesday, October 26, 2009
to hear from New Mexico residents about the budget bills that were passed last week by the Legislature. The Governor has until November 12 to sign, veto or partially veto the budget bills.

While the Legislature made minimal cuts to education, legislators targeted state agencies under the control of the Governor for the most drastic cuts. That means critical services will be cut.

The Governor will grant five minute meetings to New Mexicans who would like to discuss the budget cuts. Meetings will be held on a first-come, first-served basis from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
in the Governor’s Office at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

Those seeking time with Governor Richardson must present a valid New Mexico driver’s license. If an organization wants time with the Governor, he will meet with a representative or a group of representatives at one time.

This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it New Mexicans that cannot make the scheduled office hours on Tuesday may also contact the Governor’s Office with their thoughts about the budget bills by email: or by phone: 505-476-2210.

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  1. Wouldn't it make sense to increase the fee for permitting and increase the fines?

  2. Not only would that make sense, but to also not roll back regulations such as the OCD "pit rules." These are reasons why local governments, such as counties, have to adopt oil and gas ordinances for much needed protections from the adverse impacts of oil and gas drilling and production.