Due to concerns from residents and landowners in the community of Cebolla, the Bureau of Land Management has postponed oil and gas leasing on 13,300 acres in western Rio Arriba County so the agency can further study the potential impacts of new drilling operations.
The 16 parcels are scattered around Cebolla, south of Tierra Amarilla, in an area crisscrossed with streams that feed into the Chama River. Most of the surface land is privately owned, but the oil and gas underneath are owned by other people or by the federal government, according to Dave Evans, the BLM’s Farmington District manager.
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