Wednesday, October 7, 2009

SFO (Santa Fe Opera) To Reconsider Las Vegas Basin Drilling Lease

"Opera director says he signed lease without examining all the implications.

The Santa Fe Opera is reconsidering its decision to lease nearly 27,000 acres for drilling in the Las Vegas Basin after environmentalists, activists and others complained that oil and gas activity in the area could hurt the environment, the Las Vegas Optic reported.

Charles MacKay, general director of the Santa Fe Opera, told the Optic that he had signed the lease without first examining all 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," MacKay said. "And now we are seeking counsel and wide consultation to better understand the situation and where we might go from here."

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

MacKay signed a lease in April between the opera and J Bar Cane Inc. giving the company permission to drill on more than 26,000 acres in Mora and San Miguel counties, the Albuquerque Journal reported last month when the lease was filed in Mora County." More>>>>

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