The fracking ban bill (see previous post) was not heard. No Republicans showed; no quorum. To be rescheduled...
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Wednesday Night Movie Series,
Shows begin at 7pm
“Fracking has become a burning issue in Mora and San Miguel counties in recent years. Now a documentary film chronicling local efforts to hold fracking at bay is hitting the big screen in Las Vegas.” – Las Vegas Optic
The rural villages of Mora and San Miguel in New Mexico stand up and speak out against one of the world’s most powerful and dirty industries. Rooted Lands explores the citizen grassroots movement against gas and oil development tactics that include fracking and dramatic production of waste products. As mineral leases are bought by oil and gas speculators in rural counties like Mora and San Miguel, NM citizens are learning they must stand up to protect land and culture from suffering the Four Corners fate: “Mora County…is still pristine. They’re fighting to keep it that way. We’ve already lost that here [in the Four Corners]. The wellheads are leaking. The pits have overflowed…” Rooted Lands shows how the residents of mostly Hispanic villages (among the poorest communities in the U.S.) are speaking out against the powerful, dirty industry that threatens NM’s land and water.
“This is how we change federal law, folks, it starts at the bottom.”
Selection for Santa Fe Film Festival 2012
Selection for Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2013
Running time: 64 minutes.
NM Senator William P. Soules - (D) from District 37, Dona Ana County, Las Cruces, is the sponsor of SB 547. The bill is scheduled to be heard Thursday, Feb. 28 by the Senate Conservation Committee in Room 311. The committee meets at 2:30pm.
SB 547 reads as follows:
"AMENDING AND ENACTING SECTIONS OF THE OIL AND GAS ACT TO BAN HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY."
'"[NEW MATERIAL] HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING BANNED.--A person shall not combine horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing in the state for the purpose of extracting oil or natural gas."'
Monday, February 25, 2013
Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013 -
..."A fight ahead
Both the state and industry want a law clarifying authority over oil and gas operations. The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association convinced Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa, to carry a bill this session giving the state the power to preempt local oil and gas ordinances.
“We thought it was a way to respect both state and local governments,” said Wally Drangmeister, communications director for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.
Cisneros said Senate Bill 463 is a way to start a needed conversation about the jurisdiction of the state versus local governments over oil and gas operations. “The intent was to get the dialogue going,” Cisneros said."...
Sidebar of oil & gas bills by Staci Matlock, SFNM:
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A New Mexico bill introduced, then gone? See below the email cut-n-paste from Kim Sorvig:
Senate Bill 463 link: click here>>>>