Lizards, chickens and lawsuits in New Mexico’s oil boom regions

Lizards, chickens and lawsuits in New Mexico’s oil boom regions

  • August 16, 2019
  • News

Multiple environmental agencies have threatened to sue the federal government for what they consider to be insufficient action in protecting the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard from encroachment by oil and gas producers. The dispute is reminiscent of the still ongoing lawsuit against the Trump administration for its handling of complaints against extractive industries that are operating in or near Lesser Prairie Chicken habitats.

NMBC supports sensible protections for wildlife, but not to the extent that New Mexico’s largest financial contributor and job provider to over 100,000 New Mexican families is not allowed to operate. Emotional pleas from environmentalists to protect lizards and chickens should not override the reality of the situation or deter legislators from finding a sensible path forward for all parties. This newest suit comes in the midst of record setting increases in oil & gas production and more than 50% reductions in methane emissions; which are also being subjected to new regulation and restriction. 
 
NMBC will continue to fight for common sense regulatory environment that allows businesses to thrive and communities to flourish. You can help support NM oil and gas right now, we’ve made it easy:

Sign the petition now to show your support of New Mexico’s essential partnership with our vibrant oil and gas industry. NMBC encourages you to share this web page or petition with your New Mexican colleagues and ask them to support the petition for smart regulation of our states remarkable resources.

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