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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 11:22 am, Fri Nov 15, 2013.

In a dispute being watched around the United States, a statewide oil and gas association and three Mora County landowners are suing the Mora County Commission over its ban on oil drilling.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, claims the county’s action in April violates the plaintiffs' civil rights and is unconstitutional.

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3 comments:

  • Charklar posted at 5:56 pm on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    Charklar Posts: 1

    Sorry, but I can't help but notice the people's names who are filing the lawsuit- Gilliand, Yates, Vermillion, in a predominately hispanic community who's families have been here for so many generations, It's no wonder Mora has the reputation it has... and I support that- all we have to do is look at history, see what happened to the Indians...Mora is Beautiful and untouched, this community is taking the right steps towards our insecure future by defending it's land and it's water, the only way we can get on the right track is to be the change we want to see- the change that we so desperately need. Life that thrives is what makes up natural systems that work and sustain us and the natural system that we are a part of, and keeping that life thriving in our water and our land is crucial to the human collective's survival. This is what Mora is protecting, Life. When I look on google maps I'm so sad to see the thousands of acres being drilled around this area, and I'm so inspired to see Mora still pristine. We are the future, and this moment can only benefit from more communities like Mora seeing the big picture and making these choices, it's these communities that will pioneer a new (if any) future for humanity, because they'll be all thats left to sustain us. I'm proud of you Mora!!

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:07 am on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    joehempfling Posts: 125

    HAVING BEEN INVOLVED WITH AND IN SUPPORTING THIS BAN AND IN ACTUALITY IS MORE A COMMUNITY RIGHTS ORDINANCE HAVE TO SAY WHAT IS HAPPENING IS SOMETHING WE EXPECTED; THE DROPPING OF THE OTHER SHOE, BY A RUTHLESS INDUSTRY THAT HAS NOTHING BUT MONEY TO THROW AT THE PROBLEM. AND PROTECTING OUR WATER HELD AS A PUBLIC TRUST IS SOMETHING WE INTEND TO FIGHT FOR AND WIN. IT IS HOWEVER UNFORTUNATE THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO TURN" LOCALS "AGAINST THEIR OWN BEST INTERESTS IN THE NAME OF MAKING A QUICK BUCK ! SAD INDEED !

     
  • Stan Bies posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    Patron Posts: 37

    I am sure the Petroleum Association is really interested in protectiing the rights of "every free citizen ". Maybe since Citizens United individual citizens only have rights after corporations take what they want ?

     
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