FastTracking Streamline Permitting In Sandoval County Oil and Gas ‘No Protections’ Ordinance

The impacts to the Greater Chaco Canyon cultural landscape are ongoing and being ignored in the consideration of the Sandoval County Oil and Gas Ordinance. The County is failing to protect and serve the Residents in Throwing in the industry that is poisoning environments and people for the profit by a few.

Sandoval County Commissioners are slated to vote on the oil and gas ordinance OCT 19, At 6 pm, Chamber 3rd Floor, 1500 Idalia Rd Bernalillo, NM 87124. However, in a questionable OMA violation at the end of the meeting Oct. 5th, 2017, Commissioner Block entered amendments to the oil and gas ordinance on the record and now has failed to advertise those amendments prior to the meeting and failed to respond appropriately to an IPRA request.

This is what the lack of transparency leads to — tyranny.

After this blatant OMA violation at the end of the October 5th, meeting, during Comments from the COmmission, Commissioner Chapman read into the record a statement regarding the County’s meeting with San Felipe Pueblo Governor and staff. Commissioner Chapman’s statement was refuted by the San Felipe Pueblo, Governor Ortiz, and Lt. Governor Valencia, in a follow-up letter addressing their concerns after viewing the video.  Follow up to Sandoval County Commissioner re Oct 4, 2017 meeting

This does not bode well for the County who is appearing highly discriminatory in their approach and statements regarding their false statements about the Pueblo, ignoring Issues on the lack of enforcement by the State and Federal Government on the Greater Chaco Mesa, ignoring public advisory board in this Ordinance process, with their refusal on adopting a Good Neighbor Notification Districting and Policy. It is obvious that the County Commission does not want to have a conversation with or hear and address the concerns of the Public and Pueblos on this ordinance, or the issues this ordinance brings with it. apcg2017-12 Resolution Protections of Sacred Sites

The County paid $62,000 + to NM Tech for a Water Study that will not be available until May 2018. Instead of waiting for this report, which would set an image in public perceptions of a prudent approach to creating an ordinance with protections in mind. Barreling ahead the County has doubled down with the NMOGA, independent speculators and predator oil industry landsmen in what appears to smack of crony capitalism, not the free market considerations for long-term investment in our communities need. This ordinance is all about short terms gains for a select few, while the County with the other hand works to further hurt the working class with a wage killer Right-to-Work ordinance. NM_Tech_work_order_7-17 work order for NM Tech Modeling Study 571_SC BCC O&G ORD Draft October 2017

Barreling ahead the County has doubled down with the NMOGA, independent speculators and predator oil industry landsmen, in what appears to smack of crony capitalism, not the free market considerations for long-term investment in our communities need. This ordinance is all about short terms gains for a select few, while the County with the other hand works to further hurt the working class with a wage killer, Right-to-Work ordinance.

The lack of transparency, ignoring contractual and fiscal obligations of the MTECH Water Modeling, which was a crucial part of the process, to the insulting behavior shown to the Pueblo and Dine’ leadership without addressing their outstanding issues, the County is negligent in their capacity to govern effectively and needs to come to terms with erroneous behavior. AGENDApacket__10-19-17_1741_81

With the AMREP/outer rim/Sandridge’ Permit, still active the dangers to the Rio Rancho drinking water supply are paramount.

 

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