Mora County faces new lawsuit over drilling ban

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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 7:45 pm | Updated: 12:11 am, Tue Jan 21, 2014.

The Goliath bearing down on Mora County just got bigger. A Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary has joined a fight to kill Mora County’s ban on oil and gas development by filing a lawsuit Jan. 10 in federal District Court in Albuquerque.

This is the second lawsuit the rural Northern New Mexico county is facing over a community rights ordinance that effectively prevents oil and gas drilling.

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  • Denise Sarfehjoo posted at 7:12 pm on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    dennyS Posts: 1

    OMG people, for those who don't understand what Mora is doing... Open up your eyes, don"t believe everything you read.... do some research.... watch some documentaries before you make comments.

    And to Staci Matlock the writer of this article... Have you even been to a town hall meeting in Mora? There isn't a Starbucks Coffee shop in the ENTIRE area, let alone stores that sell Patagonia jackets. Before you write articles about Mora, shouldn't you actually go to Mora?

    Questions?? Why don't the Dutch drill for gas in their own country? Why don't the owners of these corporations live near their gas & oil wells and factories? I think we all know the answer to the above questions.

    People have the right to clean water and clean air!

  • Rick Casey posted at 4:46 pm on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    rickcasey Posts: 2

    It is high time this twisted and bizarre legal warping of the application of our most fundamental legal privileges is stripped from corporate hands.
    The ugly truth is that they have used their constitutional rights to legally bludgeon communities into submission. Passing laws that enforce community rights is a brilliant legal and logical strategy to force the issue: whose rights matter more? Corporations or communities?

  • Rick Casey posted at 4:45 pm on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    rickcasey Posts: 2

    This historic legal battle will shine a much needed spotlight on perhaps the most fundamentally corrupt perversions in US law: how corporations have acquired constitutional rights. These so-called rights have been acquired ONLY through the SCOTUS decisions starting with a warped interpretation of the 14th Amendment in 1886. Constitutional rights reside ONLY with the people, and the people have NEVER VOTED to give corporations such rights, anytime, anywhere.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 1:29 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 491

    the FIGHT is not only over Water but over Democracy and where the POWER resides in the hands of the People and NOT our self proclaimed overloard Corporations. And yes who through hook and crook managed to hijack it, claiming they now have the rights of people. PREPOSTEROUS And I for one am still waiting for some one to MARRY one ! And so little rural Mora has decided it's RIGHTS of self determination and once again David is up again Galiath AND like in the Bible; shall prevail, although
    it may take more than one stone this time !

  • Mark Valdez posted at 8:45 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Mark_Valdez Posts: 10

    We'll have to call Tom Udall's office or Ben Ray Lujan's office. Mora is one of the poorest counties in New Mexico. They need all the help they can get.

  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 8:21 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Ambro Posts: 38

    Just look at what Royal Dutch Shell did to Nigeria. They poisoned it.


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