A New Mexico bill introduced, then gone? See below the email cut-n-paste from Kim Sorvig:
"Dear friends –
it appears we did it! For those who haven’t heard, Sen. Carlos
Cisneros got so much negative publicity for his State Pre-emption bill
(SB 463) that when interviewed on KVOT (Taos) yesterday, he said that
the bill was “going nowhere” and “dead”, and that he had requested the
chairman of the Conservation Committee (Peter Wirth) to “put it on
still need to keep an eye on this. A bill “on hold” is NOT entirely
“dead” and can be re-introduced by the sponsor on request, at any time.
However, in this case, scheduling is Sen. Wirth’s call, completely. I
am confident that he will make sure the public knows about it if the
bill arises from the grave.
NMOGA has emerged from the smoke-and-mirrors as the obvious origin of
the bill, and they are pushing hard on Cisneros (and anybody else they
can) to get their bill back in circulation. But it is going to take a
lot for Cisneros to reverse himself now.
was a stealth bill – titled so you wouldn’t have a clue what it did or
that it was about oil and gas. Likely, Sen. Cisneros was not supposed
to let any publicity happen. We have had a chance to see how NMOGA goes
about their business, which can help us next time around.
everything I am hearing, it was your e-mails and calls that made this
happen. Thanks to Commissioner Liz Stefanics for the initial alert when
the bill was introduced; to Nancy Stapp (KVOT) for publicizing citizen
concerns and the great interview with Cisneros; to Pat Leahan of Las
Vegas Peace and Justice for a brilliantly clear summary of the issues on
an earlier Nancy Stapp show; to Gail Buono for her watchdog duty; and
to all of you who took action and forwarded the information.
We have to be in this for the long term. Pre-emption will be back. But we made our voice heard. Let’s make that an annual event!
You can listen to both the Cisneros interview (scary or hysterical,
depending on your mood) AND Pat Leahan’s excellent issues summary, at
the following website. The recordings will either stream or download.
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Comments about SOPA (for ref. Educational Links: Surface Owners Protection Act & H.R. 2337 Ed Links)
Bob Gallagher of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association noted that the state's landowner protection law, which just went into effect July 1, was borne out of cooperation between landowners and energy companies. The result was a balanced, fair bill that protected both sides, he said.
"It does not delay or deny access to mineral resources," Gallagher said.
Gallagher implied that the federal legislation, by contrast, is too one-sided. "It is not a good start. It is not a good finish. It was not written by someone in the field doing the work," he said.
Aside from the split-estate provisions, H.R. 2337 would amend sections of the 2005 Energy Policy Act that accelerated oil and gas drilling on public lands, severely limit the Interior Department's royalty-in-kind program and establish a fee on nonproducing leases. The measure also aims to bolster carbon sequestration studies and require new studies for wind power siting, and it would establish an intra-agency panel to address the effect of warming on federal lands, oceans and federal water infrastructure (E&E Daily, July 16).
Gable is an independent energy and environmental writer in Woodland Park, Colo
The House of Representatives will vote next week. Congressman Udall: Phone 202-225-6190 or 505-984-8950
"The Gold of the Ortiz Mountains " - William Baxter
"The Gold of the Ortiz Mountains - A Story of New Mexico and The West's First Major Gold Rush," by William Baxter is not only a fascinating read, but puts the potentially impending black gold rush into context. Again, big interests have their sites set on the OrtizMountains area for mineral extraction (see memo Ortiz Mines, Inc. Memo of Oil & Gas Lease below).
Referenced Links: "Oil and Gas Exploration in Santa Fe County":
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Ortiz Mines, Inc Memo of Oil & Gas Lease Exhibit A Part 1
Ortiz Mines, Inc Memo of Oil & Gas Lease Exhibit A Part 2