Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Split Estate," by Deb Anderson

Below is part of an alert received about "Split Estate," by Deb Anderson. For the entire alert and the need for funding, click here>>>>


"Dear Friends,

I am writing because I really need your help and time is of the essence.

Three years ago in August I made my first trip up to Garfield County, Colorado to document what was happening in the wake of the oil and gas drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West.

Now, my documentary film Split Estate is finished and we've just been presented with two undreamt of opportunities. Funds, however, are needed immediately to take advantage of these invitations. Both will bring this important story to a national audience.

First, we have just signed a contract for a national television broadcast (to be announced soon), and second, Split Estate has been selected to participate in DocuWeeks 2009, hosted by the International Documentary Association. This prestigious honor will give our film its premiere in a 7-day theatrical run in both New York City and Los Angeles, August 7 - 13, and qualify it for the Academy Awards.

To continue reading and the need for financial support, click here>>>>

.... Deb Anderson and the team at Red Rock Pictures"

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

KFUN-1230AM and KLVF-100.7FM Interview with Tweeti Blancett

KFUN-1230AM and KLVF-100.7FM will air an hour and one-half live interview with Tweeti Blancett about the impending oil & gas drilling in Mora County and hosted by Patirica Leahan. Local citizens are to be on the panel. The Mora County Board of County Commissioners is invited.

July 25, 2009 (Saturday)

10:00AM - 11:30 AM

Once off of the air, the interview will be posted at

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mora Citizens Turn Out In Force at County Commission Meeting on Oil and Gas Development

La Jicarita News

By Kay Matthews

"At the public hearing about potential oil and gas development that the Mora County Board of Commissioners and Planning and Zoning Commission held on June 6, the many citizens who attended were articulate, informed, passionate, and loud and clear that this kind of industrial activity is not appropriate in their unique, agriculturally-based valley. Over 90% of the more than 48 people who spoke (400 were in attendance) expressed their desire that there be no drilling on public or private lands in their county, but many acknowledged that while the county commission may not have the authority to ban drilling altogether, it must draft and enforce regulations that will protect the people, animals, and land from the harmful effects of the drilling and extraction that is looming on the horizon." More>>>>

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Mora County drilling faces fight

Santa Fe New Mexican

"A group of concerned Mora County residents continued their fight to prevent oil and gas drilling in the rural county at a meeting Monday night in the village of Mora.

The county commissioners held a special meeting at the local high-school gym to discuss the issue, and an estimated 400 people lined up to hear three hours of testimony, according to the group Drilling Mora County.

The group claims fewer than half a dozen speakers out of 48 supported drilling at the meeting. Johnny Micou of Drilling Santa Fe, which fought drilling in the Galisteo Basin, was among the drilling opponents who spoke at the meeting.

Bob Gallagher of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association spoke on behalf of the industry. A couple of ranchers from elsewhere in New Mexico talked about how oil and gas operations had impacted their operations." Link>>>>

Mora County gets views on drilling

Las Vegas Optic

By David Giuliani

"MORA — Ojo Feliz resident Emilio Valdez acknowledged during a public hearing that he leased his land’s mineral rights to oil and gas companies. He said Mora County needs economic development.

“There are people who are opposed to any industry. They look at the negative side of things,” he said, adding that he wanted to make sure future generations of his family had a source of income.

And he said if others had land to lease to energy firms, they would do so as well.

Not so, others said.

Valdez was one of more than 40 speakers during a three-hour public hearing Monday night at Mora Elementary School. More than 200 people attended.

The hearing was organized by the Mora County government, whose officials are considering changes to regulations to deal with possible oil and gas development.

More than a year ago, Albuquerque-based KHL Inc. started looking at leasing mineral rights near Ocate, northeast of Mora, a first step to drilling. A group calling itself Drilling Mora County, which is pushing for stricter regulations, has been seeking a public hearing for more than a year.

The county has yet to receive an application for drilling.

By the applause at Monday’s hearing, it appeared as if more people in attendance sided with anti-drilling speakers. But industry representatives and their supporters got cheers as well." More>>>>

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Galisteo Basin tours quick to fill up

"If you want a tour of the county-owned Petroglyph Hill property in the Galisteo Basin, you'll have to take a number.

Santa Fe County issued a news release Wednesday with dates for reservation-only tours of the archaeologically rich area. But the 60 slots — four tours of 15 people each — filled up before the information could be distributed to the general public, according to Open Space and Trails Director Beth Mills.

Within hours, Mills said, about half the slots where reserved by city and county employees, and the other half were taken by nongovernment employees who may have gotten the news from family or friends who received the original e-mail announcing the tours." More>>>>

Friday, July 3, 2009

Mora Co. to hold hearing on drilling

Las Vegas Optic

By David Giuliani

"For more than a year, a Mora County group has wanted their voices heard on the issue of possible oil and gas drilling.

Next week, it’ll get its chance.

The Mora County government is holding a public hearing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Mora Elementary gym.

“The aim of this meeting is to give people a chance to speak about their opinions on oil and gas,” County Manager John Garcia said.

He said the county has invited members of the County Commission and the Planning and Zoning Committee to attend.

Kathleen Dudley, chairwoman of Drilling Mora County, urged the County Commission to be open with the public.

“What we’re finding is that the County Commission is trying to keep this issue as low-profile as possible while the industry is making inroads into the county,” she said. “I would like to have a fair opportunity for a discussion on this.”

Drilling Mora County was formed after Albuquerque-based KHL Inc. started looking more than a year ago at leasing mineral rights near Ocaté, northeast of Mora, a first step to oil and gas drilling." More>>>>