On March 19, the Biden administration extended its “temporary” executive order related to permits on public lands. Local Bureau of Land Management officials are still required to obtain approval from the Washington D.C. office before issuing approval.
This extension was issued despite bi-partisan criticism across New Mexico, and the fact that numerous organizations and individuals pointed out the potential safety issues caused by the delays in permit approvals. As we have said before, restricting drilling on federal land does not accomplish anything other than punishing states such as New Mexico who happen to have a lot of federal land. Texas will gain wealth at New Mexico’s expense.
Some Eddy County officials have been doing what they can to tell our story at the state level. Eddy County Commissioner Ernie Carlson and Community and Administrative Services Director Wesley Hooper have been traveling around the state presenting a county level and expenditure analysis showing how important Eddy County’s financial situation is to the entire state. They’ve already visited several cities and counties to point out that 70% of the state’s education comes from revenue generated in Eddy and Lea County. A ban on fracking or a prohibition against drilling on public lands would eliminate that funding. New Mexicans must continue to oppose these terrible policies.
From the office of Mayor Dale Janway