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Richardson To Protect Otero Mesa (NM, to prevent oil and gas drilling)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 1, 2004 | Tania Soussan

Posted on 02/01/2004 11:49:00 AM PST by CedarDave

Sunday, February 1, 2004

Richardson To Protect Otero Mesa

Gov. Bill Richardson pledged Saturday that the state will do all it can to protect Otero Mesa from oil and gas development, including protesting a federal plan for the area and making life tougher for drillers.
    "The federal government just got a notice that if they want to drill in Otero Mesa, this governor and this state are going to fight them," Richardson told a cheering crowd of more than 600 people at the KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque.
    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management earlier this month released its plan to allow expanded oil and gas drilling on Otero Mesa in southern New Mexico.
    Conservationists and others believe the plan does not do enough to protect the area's fragile Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem. Oil and gas drillers say the plan presents too many barriers to exploration and development.
    Richardson signed an executive order Saturday that directs state agencies to protest the federal plan, work on an alternative plan to be submitted to the BLM next month and toughen regulations for oil and gas drillers.

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Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico spokesman Mark Mathis criticized Richardson's actions. "Our country is facing a natural gas crisis, and the oil and gas industry is being denied access to these critically important resources because some folks want to play Chicken Little," he said, adding that drilling has only minimal impact and does not damage the environment.

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The fight over Otero Mesa has attracted national attention as the area— about 1.2 million acres between Carlsbad and El Paso— has become a symbol of the national debate over oil and gas drilling versus environmental protection on public lands.
Richardson said his executive order— in "language the Department of Interior and the Bush administration cannot misunderstand or confuse"— makes it state policy to protect and conserve the resources of Otero Mesa and prevent oil and gas development there.
    He also directed the state engineer to use very strict criteria when considering water-well permit applications from oil and gas drillers on Otero Mesa. He told the state Forestry Division and Game and Fish Department to implement special protections for plants and animals on Otero Mesa. And he directed the Oil Conservation Division to put a moratorium on oil and gas pits there until it develops new rules to regulate them.
    The ban on pits means oil and gas companies would have to use a more expensive, closed system of trucks or tanks to hold water needed for drilling or water produced in the drilling process.

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Ned Farquhar, the governor's adviser on energy, environment and natural resources, said the state could sue the BLM if its other efforts are unsuccessful. Trisha London of Silver City encouraged the crowd to get involved. "Giving carte blanche to oil companies on our last unique places like Otero Mesa is like economic and environmental suicide," she said. "These places are the heart and soul of New Mexico. How much will you like New Mexico if it starts to look like Texas?"

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: billrichardson; chickenlittles; drilling; energy; environment; naturalgas; oil; oilandgas; oteromesa; richardson
This may be the real reason that Richardson fired the director of the NM oil and gas agency last week. This is NM's ANWR -- an area so desolate that it makes parts of Iraq look like a rain forest. The RATS really want to make US more dependent on foreign sources of oil for their expensive, foreign-made SUV's.
1 posted on 02/01/2004 11:49:02 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: BOBTHENAILER; Grampa Dave; farmfriend; Ernest_at_the_Beach
BUMP for what may be the real story behind last week's firing. Please ping to your lists.
2 posted on 02/01/2004 11:51:23 AM PST by CedarDave (Weasely Clark is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but an egotistical opportunist.)
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To: CedarDave
" The RATS really want to make US more dependent on foreign sources of oil"

True!

3 posted on 02/01/2004 11:52:57 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: All
A little more on last weeks firing: The memo from a trade association that I saw said that the director was perceived as being too friendly to the industry for the likes of the Richardson administration. In light of today's story, that probably means that she was "fair and balanced" in applying rules and regulations to allow drilling and development, i.e. allow drilling to proceed while protecting the environment. However, this is not enough for the enviro-whackos -- no new drilling in areas not already drilled is their stand.
4 posted on 02/01/2004 12:02:04 PM PST by CedarDave (Weasely Clark is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but an egotistical opportunist.)
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To: CedarDave
Just In: All oil drilling in the Arab states will come to a halt! It has been found that the rare desert asp and the very rare dune beetle are on the very edge of becoming extinct. Because of this and there can be no drilling what so ever on U.S. soil or off shore, gas prices are expected to soar to $27.00 a gallon in the very near future. Many of the sitting politicians are worried about getting reelected when their term is over.

(I just made all of this up, but am I way off base?)

5 posted on 02/01/2004 12:10:28 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: Gallegos
Ping.

Thought you might be interested.

6 posted on 02/01/2004 12:12:53 PM PST by Missouri
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To: CedarDave
Santa Fe New Mexican article here:

Richardson Orders Protection of Otero Mesa

7 posted on 02/01/2004 12:14:00 PM PST by CedarDave (Weasely Clark is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but an egotistical opportunist.)
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To: fish hawk; CedarDave
soar to $27.00 a gallon in the very near future

Should be soar to $97.00 a gallon in the very near future

8 posted on 02/01/2004 12:14:44 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: CedarDave
The Mecca of Environmental crackpots!!!!

I lived there for a while. Lovely place to visit. Awful to live there if conservative in any way!

Lots of money flowing around for those in the right crowd.

Heard some good music at the "Save the Horses " benefit at the old adobe church.

9 posted on 02/01/2004 12:19:43 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: CedarDave
Ned Farquhar? Richardson was cartoonish enough without staff with silly names. Sheesh!
10 posted on 02/01/2004 12:22:16 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right, never in doubt!)
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To: CedarDave
We can expect a lot more of this insanity from him. Didn't he appoint a huge number of environ_MENTAL wackos to his cabinet?
11 posted on 02/01/2004 12:56:36 PM PST by NRA2BFree (DemonRATS who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.)
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To: NRA2BFree
Richardson is Hillary's VP in 2008, this is a good warmup for him. Let see if the administration has the guts to take him on, I doubt it.
12 posted on 02/01/2004 1:00:18 PM PST by oceanview
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To: NRA2BFree
We're not talking about just cabinet officers here. We're talking about non-civil service lower ranked department and division officals, and members of state oversight boards and commissions. He fired ("requested resignations" from) absolutely everyone he could legally fire after he took office (and made those he couldn't fire very uncomfortable), and replaced them with political appointees who were in complete agreement with him and his policies. So the answer to your question would be "yes".
13 posted on 02/01/2004 1:18:22 PM PST by CedarDave (Weasely Clark is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but an egotistical opportunist.)
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To: razorback-bert
PING
14 posted on 02/01/2004 1:19:54 PM PST by CedarDave (Weasely Clark is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but an egotistical opportunist.)
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To: CedarDave
IDIOT.

COMMIE, SELFISH, GRANDSTANDING, SLIMY IDIOT.
15 posted on 02/01/2004 1:43:02 PM PST by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: CedarDave
Democrats are the problem and rabidly committed to preventing any solution.
16 posted on 02/01/2004 1:51:23 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell ( Dems! Ask not what your party can do "for" you-ask what it has done "to" 44 million unborn humans.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I moved to the northern part of the state from Texas several years ago. Didn't even last a year. I was actually a "moderate" Dem voter when I got there. That was my first opportunity to be surrounded by leftists--- and my first exposure to complete government incompetency (a bridge taking 30 years to build, for one), modern-day voter fraud (I actually thought it was a thing of the past), professional protestors, people preferring illegals in their state to out-of-staters, and people still being pi$$ed off at things that happened 500 years ago.

I came back to Texas 11 months later a fire-breathing nail-spitting arch-conservative.

17 posted on 02/01/2004 2:01:23 PM PST by stands2reason ("I guess in the long run, Lenin was right."---Don Joe, 1-31-04)
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To: oceanview
Richardson is Hillary's VP in 2008, this is a good warmup for him. Let see if the administration has the guts to take him on, I doubt it.

I'm afraid you're right. The (only) good news is IF they should win, NM would get rid of him. Unfortunately, I don't think this administration will take him on either.

18 posted on 02/01/2004 2:07:17 PM PST by NRA2BFree (DemonRATS who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.)
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To: CedarDave
We're not talking about just cabinet officers here. We're talking about non-civil service lower ranked department and division officals, and members of state oversight boards and commissions. He fired ("requested resignations" from) absolutely everyone he could legally fire after he took office (and made those he couldn't fire very uncomfortable), and replaced them with political appointees who were in complete agreement with him and his policies. So the answer to your question would be "yes".

I remember reading how he got rid of them all not long after he took office. I think the article said he appointed 39 environ_MENTAL wacko's after he got rid of the others.

19 posted on 02/01/2004 2:11:38 PM PST by NRA2BFree (DemonRATS who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.)
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To: stands2reason
ROFL!!!!
20 posted on 02/01/2004 2:18:05 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: CedarDave; Dog Gone; NerdDad; TexasCowboy
I am not surprised.
21 posted on 02/01/2004 4:28:03 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: stands2reason
I love Santa Fe NM. I made my first trip there as a child in 1950. I have loved it ever since. I would love to have a house there & spend summers in that wonderful climate but I know I would have no friends there. I might even be convicted of murder when I whacked a looney liberal (and I would).
22 posted on 02/01/2004 4:39:11 PM PST by Ditter
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To: CedarDave; Ace2U; Alamo-Girl; Alas; alfons; alphadog; amom; AndreaZingg; Anonymous2; ...
Rights, farms, environment ping.
Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from this list.
I don't get offended if you want to be removed.
23 posted on 02/02/2004 12:38:56 AM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: farmfriend
BTTT!!!!!
24 posted on 02/02/2004 3:05:08 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: stands2reason; fish hawk; CedarDave
professional protesters, people preferring illegals in their state to out-of-staters, and people still being pi$$ed off at things that happened 500 years ago.
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I read one of your hobbies is separating perception from reality. Today you have taught me something about reality with you communication.

That is the term professional protestors. I will think about this term and career politician today. Thanks

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Just In: All oil drilling in the Arab states will come to a halt! It has been found that the rare desert asp and the very rare dune beetle are on the very edge of becoming extinct.

Great Logic Fish hawk.....bottom line gas prices would be unknown during a Marshall Law period then rationing would take place. Most likely than 100 mile per gallon carburetor would come of the shelve also.

Nice job mocking the logic of the EPA. American newbie's like JP Morgan and JD Rockefeller couldn't make a dime today with all of these EPA and OSHA regulation.

Us newbie's getting in to business today are trapped by OLD MONEY and their designer laws protecting old legacy profits dressed up as non- taxable foundations.

Ciao 4 now...

25 posted on 02/02/2004 8:34:21 AM PST by Major_Risktaker (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: CedarDave; farmfriend; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER
"the area's fragile Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem."

Hot Chihuahua!!! Hasta La Vista, baby!!!

26 posted on 02/02/2004 1:27:49 PM PST by SierraWasp ("A wise man's heart is at his right hand, but a fool's heart is at his left." Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: CedarDave
This left wing lunatic gov from the left wing bowels of the Clintoon era has a lot of support from the Watermelon Jihadists in New Mexico.

Green, brown and no jobs should be their logos.
27 posted on 02/02/2004 1:48:00 PM PST by Grampa Dave (George $oreA$$, the Evil Daddy Warbucks, has owned the Demonic Rats for decades!)
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To: stands2reason
I saw what you learned in just a few days during the summer of 2000. I ran 4 md focus dinner groups in one week. 1 in Taos, 2 in Santa Fe and one in Albuquerque.

The political behavior of so many mds in that area made my home of N. California seem conservative except in the Bay Area. I felt like I was in a Political Correctness Dream Center in NM.

28 posted on 02/02/2004 1:56:07 PM PST by Grampa Dave (George $oreA$$, the Evil Daddy Warbucks, has owned the Demonic Rats for decades!)
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To: CedarDave
Freepers and other conservatives in New Mexico need to enlarge the artwork below and make it into a picket sign.

Then, whenever this Watermelon Jihadist, who pretends to be a governor, goes anywhere in NM, he gets met by these signs.

29 posted on 02/02/2004 2:04:06 PM PST by Grampa Dave (George $oreA$$, the Evil Daddy Warbucks, has owned the Demonic Rats for decades!)
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