Legislators Seek to Protect Land in New Mexico

According to the NM Political Report, the four Democrats in New Mexico’s congressional delegation are pushing to have 4,200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land removed from mineral development, in particular gravel mining, in Sandoval County near Placitas, N.M. Rep. Melanie Stansbury introduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is co-sponsored by…

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Wyoming BLM Decision Could Mean 5,000 New Wells

The Bureau of Land Management issued a decision that could generate billions of dollars for the American public and will strengthen domestic energy production and independence. The Record of Decision for the Converse County Oil and Gas Project allows the development of up to 5,000 new oil and natural gas wells within a 1.5-million-acre project area in Converse County, Wyo.,…

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NMA VP Testifies on Unwarranted Land Withdrawal

National Mining Association (NMA) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Katie Sweeney told a Senate panel that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) withdrawal of more than 10 million acres of mineral-rich federal land from mining activity under the guise of sage grouse conservation “will cause serious hardship to the nation’s economic and mineral security,” while doing nothing to combat…

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