NM County First in US to Ban ALL Oil and Gas Extraction

Posted: December 26, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in fracking, oil & gas
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Mora Valley, New Mexico

From EcoWatch:

Monday the County Commission of Mora County, located in northeastern New Mexico, became the first county in the U.S. to pass an ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction.

Drafted with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance establishes a local Bill of Rights—including a right to clean air and water, a right to a healthy environment and the rights of nature—while prohibiting activities which would interfere with those rights, including oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing for shale gas.

Communities across the country are facing drilling and fracking. Fracking brings significant environmental impacts including the production of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater, which can affect drinking water and waterways. Studies have found that fracking is a major global warming contributor, and have linked the underground disposal of frack wastewater to earthquakes.

“Existing state and federal oil and gas laws force fracking and other extraction activities into communities, overriding concerns of residents,” explained Thomas Linzey, Esq., CELDF executive director. “Today’s vote in Mora County is a clear rejection of this structure of law which elevates corporate rights over community rights, which protects industry over people and the natural environment.”

“This vote is a clear expression of the rights guaranteed in the New Mexico Constitution which declares that all governing authority is derived from the people. With this vote, Mora is joining a growing people’s movement for community and nature’s rights,” said Linzey.

“The vote of Mora commission chair John Olivas and vice-chair Alfonso Griego to ban drilling and fracking is not only commendable, it is a statement of leadership that sets the bar for communities across the State of New Mexico,” said CELDF community organizer and Mora County resident, Kathleen Dudley. She explained that the ordinance calls for an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution that “elevates community rights above corporate property rights.”

Mora County joins Las Vegas, NM, which in 2012 passed an ordinance, with assistance from CELDF, which prohibits fracking and establishes rights for the community and the natural environment. CELDF assisted the City of Pittsburgh, PA, to draft the first local Bill of Rights which prohibits fracking in 2010. Communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New York and New Mexico have enacted similar ordinances.

Mora County joins more than 150 communities across the country which have asserted their right to local self-governance through the adoption of local laws that seek to control corporate activities within their municipality.

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    During a recent stay in New Mexico did billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch land a private jet and visit with Navajo tribal government authorities? If so, what did they visit about? Did it pertain to BHP leaving their lease with the Navajo tribe in 2016?

    Oil refineries, fertilizer, chemicals and paper are interests in the Koch industries.

    It seems curious that the Koch brothers arrive in New Mexico, hold a super secretive meeting with power elites and visit the Navajo tribe all around the time BHP is about to end its leasing agreement with the Navajo tribe. Is their a sneaky tactic being set up to ensure that Desert Rock Power-plant becomes a dream released? Hmm, sounds interesting.

    Q: Do the Koch brothers have a stake in acquiring the coal mining operation from behind the scenes?

    Let’s say the Navajo tribe buys BHP. The tribe then has the full responsibility to pay for 100% of all industrial waste clean-up etc. Where will they get the money from? Most likely they will have to get a bail out from a company with tons of expendable income. Let’s say a company like Koch industries, for example. Once the tribe gets the loan (er, bail out) they will be indebted to whatever company saved them financially. That company can then in turn run the entire operation from behind the scenes. The beauty of this scenario is that whatever company runs the show from behind the curtain will be 100% free to never be held accountable for any environment damages that it contributes. The Navajo tribe will be left holding the bills and the blame.

    Navajo tribal government wants to buy coal mining outfit BHP.

    BHP will only sell to the tribe if the tribe puts legalese (legal mumbo jumbo) into their purchase agreement that relieves BHP from any payments due for any damages that it may have created over the course of its 50 year operation on the Navajo reservation.

    BHP also wants the tribe to put language into the agreement that pretty much makes the tribal judicial authority impotent any any case ever brought against BHP.

    The Navajo council is deciding today on whether they want to give up tribal rights regarding BHP’s purchase. If you would like to show your support for local grassroots people who are arriving to protest the council and hopefully change their mind then please contact Victoria and Sarah right now to get more information:


    Cause positive change through peaceful means. Use intellect. Be focused.

  2. Martin NIx says:

    Right ON! Martin Nix

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