- On the Web
• A 2009 report from the analytical group Headwaters Economics, examines “Fossil Fuel Extraction as a County Economic Development Strategy,” including information on San Miguel County: http://headwaterseconomics.org/pubs/energy/HeadwatersEconomics_EnergyFocusing.pdf
• The draft San Miguel County Land Development Ordinance amended to regulate oil and gas drilling is at http://www.smcounty.net/
- Federal exemptions
The oil and gas industry enjoys exemptions from provisions in the following seven federal laws:
• Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
• Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
• Safe Drinking Water Act
• Clean Water Act
• Clean Air Act
• National Environmental Policy Act
• Toxic Release Inventory under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (Some states, including New Mexico, now required limited toxic release reporting from oil and gas developers).
Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 7:00 pm
Updated: 5:29 pm, Sat Oct 19, 2013.
Miguel Pacheco says there are two good reasons San Miguel County ought to ban hydraulic fracturing outright as neighboring Mora County did, or restrict it so that oil-and-gas developers are discouraged.
“We do not have the water, to begin with,” Pacheco, of Las Vegas, N.M., said in a phone interview. “Las Vegas and San Miguel County have been on water restrictions for years. We haven’t been able to water our trees, gardens, yards for years.”
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Friday, October 18, 2013 7:00 pm.
Updated: 5:29 pm.