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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:09 pm, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

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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  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:54 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

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  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:54 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1007

    http://ecowatch.com/2013/08/20/drought-stricken-texas-fracks-water-shortages/
    The
    commenting system and software here at The New Mexican is the worst, by far, of any I currently use on the whole of the world wide web. Very difficult to place a link (may or may not work error-free) as evidenced by link I placed in comment below. Because there is not even a two or three minute edit-window, you cannot test your link and layout before committing to "Post". The junior-high of journalism. Doh!

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:45 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1007

    http://ecowatch.com/2013/08/20/drought-stricken-texas-fracks-water-shortages/
    (click,
    or copy & paste link above for Texas water shortage story)
    Those with their heads in the sand will continue to dispute the evidence (not to mention the obvious logic) that the huge amount of water required for "fracking" (hydrofracturing) oil & gas wells is, and will be, a serious problem for people's water supply, sooner than later

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 8:24 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 473

    THANK YOU MORA COUNTY FOR STANDING UP AGAINST THIS WHOLE SALE
    RUSH ON OUR LOCAL RESOURCES BY BIG OIL AND GAS,AND OUTRIGHT BANNING FRACKING AND NOW HAVING TO GO TO COURT TO DEFEND THEM.
    STAND FIRM !! INCLUDING WAKING UP OTHERS LIKE RIO ARRIBA TO WHAT IS HAPPENING, AS OUR COUNTRY AND GOD GIVEN RESOURCES CONTINUE TO BE SOLD OFF, INCLUDING OUR PRECIOUS WATER, TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER DESPITE THE CONTRARY WISHES OF THE PEOPLE.

     

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