Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Santa Fe (Oil and Gas) Opera Pork to be Frozen?

While the New Mexico legislature found it fit to cut budgets disproportionately (7.6% from the Oil Conservation Division), it appears that the Santa Fe Opera will find its pork barrel project frozen:

"One local project on the list that definitely won't be funded is a proposed open-air rehearsal hall for the Santa Fe Opera. In recent years, the Legislature appropriated more than $1.2 million for that project. But in January, when the state began dealing with its budget crunch, a measure that would have authorized a land transfer between the opera and the state failed to pass the Legislature. The House, in a close vote, passed the legislation, but it died in the Senate — and the state still has the money allocated.

"We're not going to build a state-funded rehearsal hall," said opera spokeswoman Joyce Idema on Monday " -- Santa Fe New Mexican.

The $1.2 Million dollar question still remains: How will the Santa Fe Opera deal with its mineral lease for wildcat oil and gas exploration in the Las Vegas Basin of Mora and San Miguel Counties?

For more information, see related posts:

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

Fuzzy Math? Fact-Checking One Budget Proposal

Senators want winter drilling in Carson forest

Possible drilling enrages some

For more articles about the Santa Fe Opera oil and gas lease, type in "Santa Fe Opera" in the search tab in the top left hand corner of the Drilling Santa Fe blog (with magnifying glass icon).

Also, see the below post at the Roundhouse Roundup blog:

A Farewell to Pork?

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