Tuesday, November 18, 2008

State sets hearing for Galisteo Basin

The Oil Conservation Commission has scheduled a public hearing on proposed rules for oil and gas drilling in the Galisteo Basin. The hearing will be Dec. 11 in Santa Fe. Officials say people wanting to recommend changes in the proposed rules must do so by Nov. 24 and those wishing to submit written comments have a deadline of Dec. 3.

The commission says the goal of the proposed rules is to establish a new process for evaluating and regulating exploration and development in the Galisteo Basin, which is described in an executive order from Gov. Bill Richardson as a ``fragile and ecologically sensitive area.''

Earlier this year Richardson imposed a moratorium on drilling in the basin that is set to expire in January 2009.

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