CELDF STATEMENT: Strikes law as violating New Mexico Oil and Gas Law, finds communities do not have authority to say “no” to fracking

Originally posted on communityrightslanecounty.org :

January 20th, 2015

MEDIA STATEMENT
Contact:
Thomas Linzey, Esq., Executive Director
[email protected], (978) 282-0110

MORA COUNTY, NM:  In 2013, the Mora County Commission enacted the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance establishing the right to local, democratic self-governance, and rights to water and a healthy environment.

The Ordinance prohibits fracking for shale gas and oil as part of its ban on the extraction of hydrocarbons in the County.  Those activities are prohibited as a violation of the rights of the people and ecosystems of the County.

In doing so, Mora County became the first County in the U.S. to adopt a local bill of rights banning commercial oil and gas extraction within a municipality.

Energy corporations promptly filed two lawsuits against Mora County, claiming that the community does not possess the right to protect itself from fracking and oil and gas extraction.  Mora County is defending the Ordinance in both lawsuits.  Read More