GOP leader criticizes Mora County drilling ban

Posted at: 05/05/2013 7:40 PM
By: The Associated Press

MORA, N.M. (AP) - A decision this week by the Mora County Commission to adopt a new ordinance that prohibits oil and natural gas development is drawing criticism.

The chairman of the Mora County Republican Party, Frank Trambley, sees the ordinance as an attack on jobs and the oil and gas industry.

Trambley says Mora County residents are at a disadvantage without the ability to explore extraction possibilities.

But for Commission Chairman John Olivas, it's about protecting groundwater and establishing the county's right to make its own decisions about development.

The ordinance states that any permits or licenses issued by the federal or state government that would allow activities that would compromise the county's rights would be considered invalid.

Olivas says he's ready for any legal challenges that the ordinance might spur.

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