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Comments about SOPA (for ref. Educational Links: Surface Owners Protection Act & H.R. 2337 Ed Links)
Bob Gallagher of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association noted that the state's landowner protection law, which just went into effect July 1, was borne out of cooperation between landowners and energy companies. The result was a balanced, fair bill that protected both sides, he said.
"It does not delay or deny access to mineral resources," Gallagher said.
Gallagher implied that the federal legislation, by contrast, is too one-sided. "It is not a good start. It is not a good finish. It was not written by someone in the field doing the work," he said.
Aside from the split-estate provisions, H.R. 2337 would amend sections of the 2005 Energy Policy Act that accelerated oil and gas drilling on public lands, severely limit the Interior Department's royalty-in-kind program and establish a fee on nonproducing leases. The measure also aims to bolster carbon sequestration studies and require new studies for wind power siting, and it would establish an intra-agency panel to address the effect of warming on federal lands, oceans and federal water infrastructure (E&E Daily, July 16).
Gable is an independent energy and environmental writer in Woodland Park, Colo
The House of Representatives will vote next week. Congressman Udall: Phone 202-225-6190 or 505-984-8950
"The Gold of the Ortiz Mountains " - William Baxter
"The Gold of the Ortiz Mountains - A Story of New Mexico and The West's First Major Gold Rush," by William Baxter is not only a fascinating read, but puts the potentially impending black gold rush into context. Again, big interests have their sites set on the OrtizMountains area for mineral extraction (see memo Ortiz Mines, Inc. Memo of Oil & Gas Lease below).
Referenced Links: "Oil and Gas Exploration in Santa Fe County":
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Ortiz Mines, Inc Memo of Oil & Gas Lease Exhibit A Part 1
Ortiz Mines, Inc Memo of Oil & Gas Lease Exhibit A Part 2